Vinegar is an amazing green tool. With its ability to disinfect and its low cost, vinegar an ideal leader in your home cleaning toolbox. It can wipe out mildew, remove limescale, soften your laundry, kill your weeds, and capture your fruit flies. Baking soda is another powerful tool. Combined with vinegar, baking soda can take stains out of your mattress, and scour your counter top. But can vinegar and baking soda quickly and easily clean your dishwasher when added to the cycle?
- Better for the Earth – vinegar and baking soda are natural substances that do not harm the environment if released into the waste stream
- Saves Money – vinegar and baking soda are cheap, cheap, cheap!
- Easy – putting a cup of vinegar and sprinkle of baking soda in the dishwasher and running the cycle couldn’t be easier!
- It doesn’t work
My dishwasher is a little gross. It’s rather mildewy around the edges, and never seems to quite dry out between cycles. Meh – we live in a rental, so to some extent this kind of thing comes with the territory. The yucky spots are deep in there and hard to reach, and I always seem to have two little ones under foot making everything I do more complicated, so I haven’t gotten around to cleaning it. I figure the dishes never touch the mucky parts, and we do the heated dry at the end, so no real cause for concern..
So you can imagine my joy when I came across the promise of an easy way to clean your dishwasher. Just add a bit of vinegar and baking soda to the load, and you end up with a sparkling dishwasher. I put a big bowl of white vinegar onto the top rack, and ran the cycle.
It didn’t work. At all.
I figured I must have screwed it up. I went back, and carefully re-read the instructions. Realizing I’d just skimmed through the first time, I decided to try again, this time exactly as instructed. I sprinkled baking soda on all the mildewy spots, put a bowl of vinegar on the top shelf, and ran on the hottest setting.
Again. It didn’t work.
I’m so sad! I hate it when Green Ideas don’t work. I’m glad it worked for the NZ Ecochick, but it did not work for me. Not even a little bit. So what did I do? I got out my scrubby sponge, and vinegar, distracted the kids with shucking corn on the cob, and easily wiped the mildew out. It was even easier than the time I wiped out mildew in the shower. Vinegar (with a little elbow grease) wins again!
(BTW – NZ Ecochick is doing some pretty cool stuff that definitely works – go check her out!)
What’s your favorite vinegar trick? Do you have other suggestions for an easy dishwasher clean?