HOW TO CLEAN A DISHWASHER
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Your dishwasher simplifies the daily routine of cleaning mountains of dirty dishes and cookware, but over time, soap scum and long-forgotten food particles build up in these hard-working appliances. The dirty environment not only provides a breeding ground for germs, it also reduces your dishwasher's efficiency.
To remain in full working order, it needs a deep cleaning once a month. Doing this will help prevent mineral deposits and hard water stains, as well as musty odors from accumulated grease, food debris and soap scum.
Despite advice on the internet, cleaning a dishwasher with vinegar can actually lead to irreversible damage. Vinegar is nearly the same pH as sulfuric acid, and it can break down the rubber gaskets and hoses inside your dishwasher. Some commercial dishwasher detergents are actually acidic, and some may even contain vinegar.
Similar internet tips swear by a cup of baking soda as the best way to clean a dishwasher, but this can increase the alkalinity of water inside. This can lead to more scaling on the interior walls and in the plumbing, which is ultimately one of the things you are working to remove when cleaning.
Simple Green Lime Scale Remover dissolves lime scale, mineral deposits, hard water stains, soap scum and oxidation without damaging chemicals. It also deodorizes with a fresh wintergreen scent to leave your dishwasher smelling brand new.
TIP: To avoid skin irritation or splash-back into your eyes, wear protective gloves and eye protection when cleaning. Consult the dishwasher's owner's manual for any special tips or warranty statements before you begin.
TIP: If you've cleaned your dishwasher and you're still noticing your dishes coming out covered in water spots, the problem is probably hard water. Make sure your rinse-aid reservoir is filled.
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