If you want to get rid of dirt and scale in the dishwasher then ordinary baking soda will help you.
White powder of sodium hydrogencarbonate is an alkali. Powders, gels and tablets for cleaning dishwashers standing on the shelves of various shopping malls are also based on alkali. Therefore, just like any expensive product in the store, ordinary baking soda can also remove fat and food residues.
Options for using baking soda
Not only does the soda clean, but it also fights microbes and disinfects. Bicarbonate sodium is completely safe and it does not cause allergic reactions. It guarantees crystal clean dishes without any trace of chemistry.
This budget mean will help in the following situations:
- Cleaning the walls and baskets. Dissolve 2-3 tablespoons of NaHCO3 in a small amount of water, apply to a sponge and clean all available surfaces. If there is still some fat on the walls, use a toothbrush. Then swipe the walls with a clean wet cloth.
- Getting rid of unpleasant odor. You need to put a glass half filled with apple cider vinegar in the upper basket of the dishwasher and start the usual washing cycle.
After the washing is complete, you need to remove the container and put some soda powder on the bottom. Leave it like this for 12 hours. Then start the washing mode again.
- Removing tough stains. Mix 2 cups of sodium bicarbonate with a spoon of hydrogen peroxide, add 10-15 drops of any essential oil. Use this mass to form the balls, put them aside for several hours. Place the dried balls in the lower section of the dishwasher; put a container with vinegar in the upper section. Add a dish washing liquid to the vinegar. After the end of a long cycle, there will be no trace of any stain.
It is not necessary to make balls from a mixture of soda, peroxide and essential oil. The dried mixture can simply be poured into the dishwasher’s basket. There is no need to use vinegar in this case. Continuous washing mode with such an improvised tool will make a miracle.
Experts do not recommend to use soda alone for cleaning. In fact, sodium hydrogencarbonate does not completely dissolve in water and forms a residue. The suspension accumulates inside the machine and clogs the circulation pump. This leads to quick wear and tear of this household appliance. Home cleaners should always alternate with professional means. This will help to noticeably prolong the life of your kitchen assistant.
Regardless of the procedure, the cleaning of the dishwasher should begin with cleaning of the filters. They accumulate food deposits and small dirt. All of these things increase the load on the pump and hinder normal water run-off.