Friday, August 24, 2012
Cleaning your dishwasher
When they removed phosphates from dishwashing detergents, it made it so my dishes quit coming out clean. After trying various products and more than one dishwasher repairman (because I assumed phosphates couldn't be the only problem, which I found out it really is), I was told the following method. I do this about once a month (or when I start noticing that my dishes are coming out dirty again).
Pull out bottom rack on your dishwasher.
Lay a 9x13 pan on top of the tines. (I don't know why it is flipped this way)
Use cheap white vinegar
Fill the 9x13 pan with the white vinegar
Push the rack in and shut the door.
Press start on your dishwasher and run a complete cycle.
I find it funny that in the interest of the environment (why the government removed phosphates from cleaning products), people are actually being forced to use more water and soap to get their dishes clean. I am not sure but I guessing the environmental impact is similar.
Anyway, if I am consistent with doing this, my dishes really do get clean.