So, I just unclogged my upstairs sink (the one the kids use of course!) with my handy vinegar and baking soda trick. This little trick is just to remove the stopper, pour baking soda down the drain, add vinegar and let them attack eachother like a sixth grade science experiment. After you let them brew for atleast 20 minutes, you pour boiling water (I have tried hot but it really has to be boiling) down the drain. It eats away at whatever is down my kids’ sink and slowing it to a crawl…most of the time anyway!
Since I didn’t take any pictures of this excitement, I thought that the next best thing would be share some pics and a description on how to clean your dishwasher using the same two naturally environmentally-friendly cleaners: Baking soda and vinegar! To help give me some clout, and so you will actually do this- I am crediting Bob Villa,
Remember him from This Old House? Here’s a side-note, and just a wee little digression: I think Bob Villa sort of raised me via my parents inclination to do everything that Bob did- with OUR old house, thus ingraining a can-do attitude in me that even though very often, I can’t-do, I think I can…Thank you Bob! (Soooo I have a tender heart for anything Bob Villa)…
Okay, let’s continue! Bob (I feel okay with the first-name basis), and also Better Homes and Gardens and lot of other clever folks all over the internet have websites on this same topic, and these sites gave me lots of ideas on this easy process. Here’s what you do, and what I did, in 3 easy steps:
- Remove the bottom rack of the unit and clear the drain of any food or gunk, wiping away what you can.
- Fill a dishwater safe container with one cup of white vinegar. Place this on the top rack- the rest of the dishwasher should be empty. Close the door, and run a hot water cycle. Once done, remove the vinegar.
- Now sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher, and run a short hot-cycle.
Now, Bob didn’t say this next part, but it sort of my step 4 and THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!
4. Take a toothbrush, some rags and wipe out any of the gunk in the little places that totally gross you out: all around the inside, the outside, the spray arm, the accessories.
This should do it. I really don’t have an “after” picture, because the high-shine of the stainless is all but rusty looking on my camera…this would not prove my point of how much of an improvement this little chore did for my dishwasher in the least- so here is another nice picture that I took today instead.
See how pretty? AND the bonus is that you can see my little St. Joseph and Hula-girl in the window. Your welcome!