When your dishwasher isn't wafting the freshest scent or cleaning your dishes as it should, giving it a good cleaning may fix your problems. Make your dishwasher happy with day 16 of the 31 days of Spring cleaning DIYs challenge. Instead of spending hours scrubbing, make these supereasy dishwasher baking-soda bombs that do all the work for you. Along with being eco-friendly, this just-about-free cleaning solution does an amazing job freshening your dishwasher while cleaning all those nooks and crannies that collect bits of food, harbor mold — and all that other icky stuff.
What You'll Need:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
- 10 to 20 drops essential oil
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon or ice cream scoop
- Parchment paper
- Sheet trap
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dish detergent
- Ceramic or glass bowl
- Start by giving your dishwasher a quick clean. Use a damp sponge to wipe around the door and along the bottom edges, and check the drain for any food bits, which is a bit gross but a necessary step.
- Now mix together the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oil in a mixing bowl until it resembles damp sand. Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to mold the dishwasher baking soda bombs, and then gently tap out onto a parchment-lined sheet tray. The baking soda naturally scrubs your dishwasher, while the hydrogen peroxide cleans and whitens, and the essential oil gives your washer a fresh scent. Let the baking-soda bombs dry for several hours or overnight.
- Fill a glass or ceramic bowl with the vinegar, and then add your favorite liquid dish-washing detergent. Mix together and place on the top rack of your dishwasher. Place the baking soda bomb on the bottom rack, and then run your dishwasher set on the hottest setting. Once your dishwasher cycle is complete, open and enjoy a sparkling-clean dishwasher!
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