The unconventional food hack leaving dishwashers sparkling

Feb 25, 2024
A handful of this common item will leave your dishwasher sparkling clean and free of nasty buildup. Source: Getty Images.

An Australian homeowner has revealed her ingenious method for maintaining a flawlessly clean dishwasher by employing an unexpected food item.

Taking to the Simple Savers Facebook page, she divulged her almost effortless technique for incorporating a handful of leftover lemons into each dishwasher cycle that leaves the dishwasher sparkling clean and free of nasty buildup.

She explained that although her husband usually buys Logix Dishwasher Cleaner to get the dishwasher clean, she found the natural alternative worked just as well.

“My husband insists on buying this to clean the dishwasher,” she wrote.

“I blew his mind by throwing my used lime/ lemon wedges (used in drinks, salad dressings, home made hummus etc) into the dishwasher WHILE it was cleaning dishes to clean the dishwasher.

“No extra cost, no need to do it separately to cleaning the dishes (wasting heaps of water) and a sparkling dishwasher!”

Lemon hack.
Source: Getty Images.

The online community was quickly buzzing with excitement about the inventive hack, expressing their eagerness to give it a try.

“I’m going to do that from now on…. That’s awesome! Thanks,” one person wrote.

“I use half a used lemon or lime in the cutlery caddy, works every time and no extra costs for dishwasher cleaner which is ridiculously expensive! If the dishwasher needs an extra clean I run it empty on the shortest cycle with a glug of white vinegar.”

“Great hint. Once a month I do a clean with a cup of vinegar in a bowl on the top shelf. Works well too,” another commented.

“Lemons makes sense, as this is how l clean the inside of my kettle.”

“I keep a small zip lock bag in my purse and take the lemons home from my drinks to put in the disposal. Hey, I paid for them.”

The humble lemon isn’t just effective on dishwashers, it is also effective at keeping the common household kettle sparkling clean.

An Australian mum who goes by the TikTok handle, Mama_Mila, recently took to social media to share the genius way to give the kettle a clean using the simple natural ingredient.

Firstly, fill the kettle with water and add one slice of lemon. Boil the kettle twice and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before emptying out the water. The last step in the process is to simply rinse out the kettle and just like that your kitchen appliance will be sparkling clean.

@mama_mila_ The natural, no-scrub way to rid kettle limescale ???? #NeedToKnow #cleaninghacks #cleaningtips #kitchenhacks ♬ original sound – switchdisco

It’s believed the acidity in the lemons acts as a natural cleaning product, breaking down any mould or bacteria in the kettle.

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