The dishwashing machine, some of us love it, some of us don’t. I on the other hand, didn’t use mine for the past months, maybe only for thanksgiving and Christmas.
It can be a lifesaver though if you are having a hectic day, you can just put them in the dishwasher and go do something else.
What people don’t know, is that the machine will need to be clean, to get rid of grease and de-lime it as well.
You might not know what de- liming is but that’s removing the excess minerals that are in hard water that’s on the machine sides. This will build up over time and make your machine look awful.
The grease on the other hand, comes from all those dishes that you wash. Over time the grease will slowly start to block where the water will drain out.
You know what will happen after this, you will be washing your dishes and when the machine drains the wash water to rinse next. All the water will not be out of the machine because it’s clogged.
This will cause the dishes to be greasy when you take them out, so this is an important thing you must do. It will only take about five minutes in total to do this cleaning process in total.
What You Will Need
The Cleaning Process
Remove everything that’s in the machine because you don’t want whatever that’s on the inside that will come off to be on the dishes.
Put the machine on a regular cycle and wait like 3 minutes, I do this because I want the hot water to be everywhere to help soften things so when I add the vinegar, it’s more effective.
Make sure to have the machine on the hottest setting and open the machine after the three minutes and add one cup of vinegar and wait till the cycle ends.
After this, the machine will smell like vinegar, but the vinegar is what helps remove the grease, limescale, and the odor, Now you can add one cup baking soda to the machine to remove the vinegar smell. Do the same as above with a full cycle on the hottest settings
This stage is optional; I just do it as an extra step to get any grease that the vinegar didn’t get. I add three tablespoons of dawn dish soap to the machine. We all know dawn is tough on grease, and the dawn I use has antibacterials in it, So that’s a bonus.
Do not add more than the three tablespoon dawn; dawn makes a lot of sud, and you don’t want the machine to overflow with sud and mess the entire kitchen up, and that would be a disaster to clean up and maybe even ruin other things in the kitchen.
You can use the regular dawn as well, but if your washing like bottles and stuff, I would use the dawn with the antibacterial ingredients.
Enjoy the fresh and clean look of your machine now, and you will definitely feel and see the difference on the dishes. You can do this process every two months if you use the machine regularly.