The ‘affordable’ trick for keeping your dishwasher ‘clean and smelling fresh’

May 21, 2024
Discover the "brilliant" secret to keeping your dishwasher fresh and sparkling between washes. Source: Getty Images.

Every day, our tireless dishwashers work diligently to restore dirty plates and tarnished cutlery to their sparkling clean brilliance.

Yet amidst this mundane routine, it’s all too simple to overlook this unsung kitchen hero is in need of its own clean every now and then to ensure it stays smelling clean and fresh between washes.

Fortunately, Claire Helen Barrand has taken to her @sisterpledgecleans Instagram page to share an “affordable” hack to keep your dishwasher fresh with an unexpected item.

“Want to keep your dishwasher clean and smelling fresh in between deep cleans?” she began.

“Don’t waste money on plastic fresheners – Try this easy hack!

“Drop a denture tablet into the water well under your filter once a week. ✨

“The citric acid and bicarbonate of soda in the tablet will clean, freshen, and loosen limescale without harming your machine.

“It’s affordable and takes just seconds!”

The “brilliant” method was a hit with fans, many offering their appreciation for the advice.

“I swear by doing this,” one wrote.

“Great tip, thanks.”

“What a brilliant idea, thank you,” commented another.

“Always do this with my toothbrush since you shared that tip a long time ago. Great tip for dishwasher too!!”

Denture tablets aren’t just working wonders on dishwashers they also serve a number of other uses around the home.

For instance, home hack queen Anita Birges recently shared her game-changing cleaning hack for getting rid of those stubborn limescale deposits in your kettle using two denture tablets and some water.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill up your kettle with 4 cups/1 liter of water.
  • Drop in 2 denture tablets.
  • Turn on the kettle and wait for it to boil.
  • Finally, rinse out the kettle.


In the hustle of daily life, our dishwashers work tirelessly, but they deserve care too. Thanks to Barrand’s clever hack, keeping your dishwasher fresh is a breeze.

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