Dishwashers are such an amazing invention, don’t you agree? Everyone appreciates a little help with the annoying little domestic things such as dishes, forks, and knives. Especially, when the machine cleans instead of you.
Remember all the times you had all of your family members over for dinner or that time all of your kids’ football teammates came for a party? Who was there helping you with all the piled up dishes and cups? Your dishwasher, right? I mean is it even humanly possible to clean all of these dirty plates?
But I am here to kill the fun and remind you that you need to return the favor and clean your favorite kitchen item as well. These amazing inventions need to be taken care of too. Such a bummer, I know. Don’t worry though… I can reassure you that they are low maintenance and indeed are very easy to clean.
All you need are four items that you already have:
1)Small scrub brush.
- The first thing you can do of course is to clean the exterior of the dishwasher. I use glass cleaner for this. The only advice I have is to spray a paper towel with the glass cleaner rather than spraying directly onto the surface since you can damage the electronic controls.
- The next step is to clean the filter. Pull out the bottom rack and remove the filter. Clean that in the sink with a soaked sponge in vinegar. After doing that you should check for gunk or food that’s trapped in the spray arm.
- The third thing I recommend is to run a cycle with vinegar. Fill your dishwasher container with a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack. Now run a cycle while the rest of the dishwasher is empty. This really helps with removing strange odors help dissolve old detergent and mineral deposits that have built up.
Bonus tip: If you still aren’t fully satisfied with the result you can add a cup of baking soda to the bottom and run a short cycle with hot water. Once this is complete the dishwasher should be completely clean and odorless.
If after everything you did you still aren’t happy with the result you can run a cycle with bleach. I would only recommend this if your dishwasher has a stainless steel interior. Otherwise, it will corrode and stain your dishwasher. Only do this if you have problems with mold and mildew. Add a cup or a cup and a half in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle.
The next best thing in your kitchen that needs to be taken care of is the oven.
One trick you can use that’s similar to the dishwasher one is the baking soda and the vinegar. Just empty the oven, make a baking soda paste that includes water and… well baking soda. Coat that all over the inside of the oven and let it sit overnight. The next day wipe out the oven with a damp dishcloth. Spray a little vinegar that will react with the leftover baking soda. After the process wipe everywhere with a damp cloth.
Washing your over is a bit more complicated than the dishwasher. It’s a lot harder. The baking soda and vinegar method is effective but not for long. I really recommend that once every couple of months you maybe reach out to a professional cleaning service to clean your oven. It’s somewhat expensive, around £49 but it’s so worth it. And it expends the life of your oven so in the long run.