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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DW "Easy Peasy" Clean

Do you clean your dishwasher?
Sure, it saves time-saver in terms of kitchen chores, but it needs to be cleaned too. As grease, soap scum and food debris accumulate, efficiency is reduced and the DW can become a germ-magnet. (Yes, gross, I know ☹️) 

Here's a quick and easy 2-step method touted by home maintenance guru Bob Vila. It uses easy-to find ingredients — vinegar and baking soda and no chemicals. Sure, there are other ways: using the powdered breakfast drink Tang® (several YouTube videos show how). There's also marketed "dishwasher" cleaners. All cost more than this method.

We hate dislike spending more — and who doesn't like easy?
Take out the bottom dish rack. Check the DW drain. Remove any trapped food items. This can improve drainage, increase cleaning, and prevent damages.

Use vinegar for the wash, then add baking soda for a rinse. (NOTE: you can use any brand of these products; these are only shown for illustration.)

Vinegar Wash
Start with an empty dishwasher.
Fill a dishwasher-safe container with 1 cup of white vinegar and place it on the upper rack of the empty machine. 

Close the door. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. When it's done, you should see that the vinegar washed away grease and removed any odors.

Baking Soda Rinse
After the vinegar rinse is done, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda across the bottom of the appliance. Run it on a short hot-water cycle. When it's done, you should notice that your appliance has a brighter, stain and odor-free interior.

Vila recommends a monthly cleaning to maintain the dishwasher. This is a two-for one cleaning day. I use vinegar to clean the auto coffeemaker every month; usually on the same day as cleaning the DW — easy peasy.

FYI: The oft-used expression "easy peasy lemon squeezy" is said to come from a 1950s advertising slogan for Lemon Sqezy®, a “washing-up liquid." This British detergent was sold in a squeeze bottle. In earlier marketing campaigns, two other ad slogans were used: "Washing-Up? It's easy with Sqezy" and "Quick as a wink away from the sink." The phrasing everyone knows started after a lemon version was marketed. Sqezy® formerly marketed by British manufacturer Starbrands Limited is no longer made. 

19 comments:

Sandra said...

I use baking soda and vinegar to clean almost everything. my dishwasher gets a shower with soap and water once a day in our bathroom. HA HA I AM the dishwasher, having never owned one.. I used 1 drop of dawn, a little ammonia and a little vinegar for cleaning all my glass shelves and tables and doors

Connie said...

This a great cleaning tip. Thanks!

possum said...

I wash my dishwashers several times a day... as they are attached to the end of my arms!

mamasmercantile said...

I did smile at possum's comment, we don't have a dishwasher either.

Mildred said...

Thanks for the tip and the reminder. Always love saving a little money!

Emma Springfield said...

To clean my stove top thoroughly I sprinkle a bit of baking soda and then sprinkle a bit of vinegar on that. I foams up and then I can wash the stove. It is squeaky clean when I am done. Once a week is usually good enough. It works well on grease splatters too.

Kathy said...

This is a great idea. But I would have to figure out how to do it. Since we just got a new dishwasher I can't figure out anything except to hit start. Ha, ha!

AndreaC said...

I check/clean the filter. I've never cleaned it otherwise. I did (at one time) had a dishwasher that seemed to get food stuck at the bottom where the door closed and I'd have to scrape that away...which was gross...and the dishwasher was pretty new too!

My washing machine has a wash cycle and of course they sell special soap for it. Once I went through the sample that came with it when I bought the washing machine, I just used Tide (that I used for my washes) and ran it through the cleaning cycle. Actually mine probably doesn't need cleaned that much because I bypass the energy saving cycle and use a full water cycle. I've found the energy cycles do not clean the clothes well. Andrea

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks everyone for the comments and feedback on how dish washing is done at your home. Although we have a DW in the apt, it's not used on a daily basis, generally 1X a week. We wash the pots, pans and other utensils daily and air dry on a drying mat vs. dish rack. Our galley kitchen is fairly compact (to say the least) and counter space is at a premium! That said, I have used the vinegar & baking soda method and am satisfied with the way it works and at the cost.

William Kendall said...

I've never had a dishwasher around. I do it by hand.

Pam Jackson said...

I guess I better check mine and clean it! lol. It has not been used that much but I have just recently started using it! I find it is easier to hide dishes in till time to run it when it is full.

Denise inVA said...

I keep hearing about this Beatrice, thanks for this very useful post :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is a great tip and one I need to put to good use. Thanks, Beatrice!

baili said...

I don't have dishwasher though but read your post eagerly as my eldest son wants to buy one for me in future near.
Thank you for detailed guidance ,it is much appreciated .

Leonora said...

Thanks for the reminder! I know I should do these things, but I always forget!!

gigihawaii said...

We don't clean our dish washer at all. It is a Whirlpool.

Valerie said...

I confess to using a ready made product. Just call me Lazy.

Vee said...

Good to know! I don't own a dishwasher, but I will be visiting my dad tomorrow at my sister's and may give her dishwasher some attention. Hope she won't think I'm pushy for doing so. Ha!

Lynn said...

Hmmm - I'll try that!

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