5 Surprising Dishwasher Hacks

Dishwashers can be wonderfully conveninent, but these machines aren't perfect if you don't know how to use them properly. If you're wondering how to deodorize your dishes or give them that extra sparkle, here are 5 surprising dishwasher tricks that will have you cleaning dishes like a pro. 

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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5 Surprising Dishwasher Hacks

Do Your Dishes Smell Bad?

Strong food odors like fish and onion can linger on dishware and utensils even after a good machine-wash. Give those stinky items an extra dose of cleaning power by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with your usual detergent. Then just use as you normal would for super-clean dishes!

Does Your Dishwasher Smell Bad?

Does your dishwasher need a quick clean? Just fill the soap dispenser with lemon juice or baking soda, and run it the rinse cycle. It will be just the refresher it needs.

Supercharge Your Detergent

To boost the power of your dishwasher detergent, sprinkle a little baking soda in the dishwasher every time you run it. It will also help fight foul odors before they start.

Baking Soda

If hard water in your home causes spots and stains on items that have been run through the dishwasher, add a spoonful of baking soda to your next load. Your dishes will come out spot free.

DIY Detergent

If your usual detergent leaves your dishware looking “blah” rather than bright, try this DIY solution instead—it’ll make your glasses gleam and save you the cash you’d normally spend on brand-name soaps. Combine one cup of borax, one cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of kosher salt, and a quarter cup citric acid. Use only one to two tablespoons of this solution plus three drops of liquid dish soap per load. Before you close the washer, toss a half cup white vinegar onto the floor of the machine. Start the wash, and in no time, your dishes and glasses will be shinier than ever! 

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.