How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Why Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?

It may seem weird to be concerned about cleaning a machine designed to clean, but your dishwasher needs regular cleaning and checking just like any other appliance. The door gets covered in fingerprints and the inside accumulates food particles, soap scum, and grease. All the extra grime can cause bacterial growth inside the dish washer, leading to foul smells and less than perfect dishes. Clean you dish washer monthly for a fresh new look and optimal performance.

First, the Door

Clean the door of the dishwasher by washing down the exterior with warm soapy water. You can also use a baking soda and water mixture to add a little scrubbing power without scratching the exterior. (Avoid rough scouring pads that may scratch up the dishwasher door.)

Clean the Tub

Before you get to cleaning, it’s a good idea to take some paper towels to wipe any excess debris from the bottom of the dish washer.

After you remove any excess debris, set a cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher’s top rack. Add no other dishes to this cleaning cycle. Run a full wash, with the hottest water possible. When the wash cycle is over, take paper towels and wipe up any excess debris again.

As an easy alternative, you can put a packet of lemonade mix in the spot where the dish detergent goes. Or you can put a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dish washer tub. With either option, run a wash on the hottest cycle.

Deep Clean the Extras

Check the utensil holders and racks. Look for any debris or stuck-on food particles. If the spray arm is clogged, use a cleaning brush to remove clogs so that will spray evenly when cleaning.

Keeping your dishwasher clean will mean it will be more efficient at cleaning your dishes. And, a clean, fresh smelling dish washer will make a much better kitchen experience. Keep your dishes the best they can be and keep your dishwasher in its best condition and remember to clean your dishwasher regularly.

Cleaning Stainless Steel

Stainless steel appliances are so beautiful when they are brand new. Cleaning stainless steel becomes a must after they get fingerprints and smudges everywhere.

Stainless Steel With All-Natural Methods

If you are looking for a good all-natural method for cleaning stainless steel in your home, these may be a few good options for you. People are cleaning stainless steel with a mild dish soap and water. This method uses a wet towel wrung out with a small amount of dish soap to remove food, fingerprints and other smudges.

Club Soda with a soft cloth will also clean your stainless steel without the use of harsh chemicals. White vinegar and a microfiber cloth rubbed in the direction of the grain will make for a nice clean.

Another excellent all-natural option for cleaning stainless steel is cleaning stainless steel with a damp towel and a small amount of olive oil or baby oil. Rubbing in the direction of the grain will remove unwanted food and smudges. This method leaves a beautiful shine.

Martha Stewart is Cleaning Stainless Steel With Windex

Martha Stewart says the best thing to use for cleaning stainless steel is Windex. Stainless steel gets fingerprints and streaks just like windows or mirrors. Windex works just as well on cleaning stainless steel as it does on glass. You will want to use a clean dry paper towel or wash towel and lightly spray with the Windex. Rub out the smudges and fingerprints, then polish by rubbing in the direction of the grain. Make sure that you do not use too much glass cleaner.

There is not much difference between the brands of glass cleaner. Just about any glass cleaner similar to Windex will do the same thing.

Stainless Steel With Other Brand Name Cleaners

Weiman brand stainless steel cleaner is one of the best out there. Used in combination with a microfiber cloth Weiman’s stainless steel cleaner can bring any appliance a beautiful shine. Seventh Generation has a new stainless steel cleaner that removes dirt and isn’t as harmful as other harsh chemicals.


Cleaning Tips

Cleaning can be enough work without having to sort through several cleaning methods to find the cleaning tips that work. After years of experience in the cleaning industry, we have gained the wisdom and knowledge that is necessary to clean efficiently and effectively. In this blog, you will learn some of the answers to the most common misconceptions and questions about cleaning.

Cleaning Tips #1: Clorox or Lysol

You can ask hundreds of people and get a different answer each time about exactly which type of cleaning spray works the best. Whether you use Pine-sol or Bleach doesn’t really matter as much as mixing chemicals does. Did you know that you should not mix bleach products with ammonia products? It’s true, you may be tempted to just add a little Lysol to the bleach water to make the house smell wonderful. Cleaning tips #1: don’t do it! When bleach and ammonia are mixed together, the combination of liquids causes a lethal fume that could be dangerous for you and your family.

 Cleaning Tips #2: Streaky Glass

You may remember the all famous Windex commercial with the birds that play a prank on the home owner by ringing the door bell and shutting the glass door. If you have never seen it, please click the link above and watch, its hilarious!

Some people prefer to use paper towels while others prefer microfiber or newspaper. While all of these tricks can help, it is really the method than the supplies. Whatever glass cleaner or supplies that you choose to use, it seems so difficult to get the mirrors and doors streak free. Cleaning tips #2: wipe in circles and follow with a dry rag in circles.

 Cleaning Tips #3: Stinky Disposal

At some point, almost everyone has run into a stinky garbage disposal. This can be awful considering that it is located in the room that you cook and eat. No need to be offended when people think that your dinner stinks. Cleaning tips #3: slice up 1/2 to a whole lemon and put in disposal in small portions at a time. With running hot water turn on disposal and let lemons do the work. Caution: do not put a whole lemon in disposal without cutting it up first. This can burn up the motor.

Cleaning Tips #4: Smelly Dishwasher

We live in an age that dishwashers are common. We even have commercials advertising scrub free washing. As an average household, we probably run our dishwasher once a day with dirty dishes. After a while, the inside of the dishwasher can get a build up of food particles and begin to smell. Cleaning tips #4: run a 1/4 cup of bleach through the dishwasher to clean and freshen.


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