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.  


jennie said...

Also try Lemishine, if you haven't. It's made a BIG difference for me. You can find it at Target.

Janice said...

Thanks Jennie!

Kari said...

Hi, Janice--

I just tried the vinegar-in-the-dishwasher thing. I was noticing "hard water" type lines inside the dishwasher. If I can remember (??!? no guarantees, now that chaos-calendar fall has returned) to do the vinegar thing in another few weeks, I'll let you know how it goes!