Dishwasher Detox: How-to guide for a deep clean

by Skipper Team

Ah, the humble dishwasher. It works day in and day out, transforming your crusty, musty dishes into something you’d be proud to serve to the queen.

But, without regular (we suggest every 30 days) cleaning, your dishes could come out dirtier than when they went in… 

So, here’s your guide to a dishwasher detox, the equivalent of a juice cleanse for your hardest-working appliance.


Step 1:  Filter

Locate the filter (usually hiding at the bottom). Remove it, and brace yourself – it's probably seen some things. Rinse it under hot water, using a soft brush or an old toothbrush to dislodge any gunk. If your filter looks like it could star in a horror movie, you’re on the right track.

Step 2: Vinegar

Fill a dishwasher-safe cup or bowl with white vinegar and place it on the top rack. Run a hot water cycle; the vinegar will break down grease and grime.

Step 3: Baking soda

After the vinegar cycle is complete, sprinkle a cup of baking soda along the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short hot water cycle. This will tackle any lingering odours, also known as ‘dish-stank’.

Step 4: Seals

A commonly missed spot when cleaning the dishwasher is the door seals; these can easily harbour mould and mildew. Give them a spray with some universal cleaner and wipe them down with a damp Skipper cloth. 

Step 5: Spray arm

Check the spray arms for any clogs. These tiny holes can get blocked with food particles. Use a toothpick or a piece of wire to poke out any debris. Give the arms a spin to ensure they’re moving freely, like you after a winery tour with the girls.

Step 6: Rinse aid

Top up your dishwasher's rinse aid compartment with…. You guessed it, vinegar. just pour a little bit into the compartment. It works wonders when paired with a Skipper dish tab.

Step 7: Exterior

It’s not only what’s on the inside that counts. Wipe down the exterior with a Skipper cloth and some universal cleaner. If your dishwasher has buttons and dials, give them a good polish too. 

Our Skipper tabs may be powerful, but they require a regularly cleaned and un-clogged dishwasher, to do their best work. 

You can get your hands on these bad boys, here

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