Fab & Fru Germ Fighting
I admit it, I’m a bit of a germaphobe. Which is why I cringed when a friend told me that all these years I should have been disinfecting my dishwasher. I always assumed that when you run your dishwasher, it keeps the appliance clean while cleaning your dishes. Apparently, not so much.
Since a build up of food, bacteria and general gunk can lead to less than sparkling dishes – and illness – I figured I’d better give my dishwasher some TLC, pronto!
Once A Month Maintenance
Luckily, there is a totally frugal – and eco-friendly – way to clean your machine. According to All You magazine, all you need are two penny pinching favorites: vinegar and baking soda. They recommend doing the following once a month:
To Disinfect: Pour vinegar into a dishwasher-safe cup, then place the cup upright on an empty dishwasher’s top rack. Run a full cycle, using the hot-water setting. Next, deodorize the machine by sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the tub and running the dishwasher on a half-cycle with hot water. Leave your dishwasher door open for a few hours after to air it out.
We came across other, much more intricate directions for cleaning the dishwasher, but Fab & Fru loves this one from All You because it’s so easy and affordable. Fab & Fru wants to know – do you regularly clean your dishwasher? What method do you use?