You finally got a dishwasher, no more tedious scrubbing at the sink when you’d rather be off doing something else.  But dishwashers get dirty too, and cleaning them is no picnic.  Do you remember the lady that got stuck in hers on America’s Funniest Home Videos?  Why can’t it wash itself?!  I mean, there is hot water, there is soap…why is it so grimy?  Food oils and soap scum combine to create a tougher than nails soil that is nearly impossible to wash off without some serious scrubbing.  No one has to ever get stuck in the dishwasher again with this tip.


Fill your dishwasher’s soap cup with Citric acid powder.  Citric acid powder is used in canning and for aromatherapy, it may be a bit hard to find but will last awhile.  Run your dishwasher empty on the regular cycle and when it is done your dishwasher will be fresh smelling and sparkling!

If you can’t find citric acid powder, fill a coffee cup with white vinegar and place it on the top rack of the dishwasher, run on regular cycle with no other dishes.  This helps to remove dishwasher odors as well.

In a pinch, you can use a packet of lemonade-flavored unsweetened Kool-Aid or even Tang in the soap cup, but don’t use other flavors or you may have a tie-dyed dishwasher!  Now, that time-saving creation of modern technology really will save you time, and money!  Your dishwasher will be more effective when it’s clean and your dishes won’t smell sour.