I'm so excited to share this tip with you! If your dishwasher has lost it's cleaning power, and you think it's time for a new one, be sure to try this first! I'm going to teach you how to clean your dishwasher with Tang! (Yep. I said Tang. It's not just for astronauts!) The citrus tastes yummy, and has great cleaning power. So much cleaning power that my hubby is actually disappointed that the tip actually worked! Our dishwasher is loud. Obnoxiously loud. Impossible to hear the TV loud. He was really hoping that the dishwasher was on its last leg and we would get to replace it with a new one. Sorry honey! We'll have to deal with the noise a bit longer.
A dishwasher should last more than four years, right? Months ago, my dishwasher started leaving gunk on the dishes. The plates and bowls stopped coming clean, and the cups and glasses had a gritty mess on the bottom. Ugh. Time for a new dishwasher . . . or was it? I started to wonder if it just needed to be cleaned somehow, but I was not looking forward to taking it apart or calling an expensive repairman.
When I mentioned it to my mom, she remembered a tip she heard from Joe Gagnon (also known as "The Appliance Doctor") on talk radio in the Detroit area. Before attempting to take my dishwasher apart, I decided to give it a try. (And I'm glad I did!)
How to Clean Your Dishwasher with Tang
- Empty the dishwasher.
- Run the water in the kitchen faucet until it is hot. (He suggests you do that before running your dishwasher every time.)
- Turn the tap off and start the empty dishwasher.
- After two or three minutes, stop the dishwasher and add a container of Tang.
- Let it run the whole cycle.
I tried it, and it worked! No more gunk on the dishes, and best of all--no more film of grit on the bottom of the glasses.
I bought my 20 oz container of Tang for $2 at Wal-Mart. That sure beat the cost of a repairman or a new dishwasher!
Joe's method is for removing hard water build up in the dishwasher. If you want to keep your dishwasher clean and avoid the build up, try putting Tang in the detergent bin once a month or so to keep the hard water deposits down.
I didn't have access to all of Joe's instructions when I tried this. All I did was fill the detergent container with Tang and dump the rest into the bottom of the dishwasher. Then I turned the dishwasher on. That was enough to get my dishwasher working again. Next time, I'll try it Joe's way. I bet it will work even better!
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