Clean Your Dishwasher and Get Rid Of Hardwater and Lime Buildup

Have you ever taken your dishes out of the dishwasher only to discover that they are covered in debris? Most likely that debris is lime buildup from hard water, and it's probably in the hoses of your dishwasher. I set out to find a way to clean them, and am so happy that I did! Now my dishwasher cleans my dishes just like it did when I bought it!
Do your glasses look like this? With tiny specs on them?
All you need is some baking soda, citric acid (also sold in stores as produce protector), and lemon essential oil to make your own dishwasher cleaner. For exact amounts, click over to the blog provided below!
Mix the ingredients together and pour into your empty dishwasher. Start the washing cycle and after 2-5 minutes, pause it for at least 4 hours. Let the wash cycle finish.
Your dishwasher will sparkle...
And your glasses will thank you!

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  • Connie Bird
    Connie Bird
    on Jan 26, 2019

    I have always used 2 packets of unsweetened lemon koolaid to clean dishwasher but can't clean the screen at bottom ow dishwasher. Any ideas? How do you clean bottom screen that is gunked up with leftover food from dishes?

    • Mary Smith
      Mary Smith
      on Apr 19, 2020

      Sounds like a great idea! I’m going to try that. I have tried everything and dishwasher still is filthy.

  • :Lottie
    on Jan 27, 2019

    How do you clean a refrigerator that is shiney outside?

    • Mary Smith
      Mary Smith
      on Apr 19, 2020

      Put a little mayonnaise on a soft cloth and rub until the mayo is all gone. Removes everything and leaves no fingerprints. Just be sure to rub until there is no mayo left.

  • Wendy
    on Jan 27, 2019


    • MissiCindie
      on Apr 21, 2020

      i had the link. It’s quarter cup citrus quarter cup baking soda and 10 drops lemon oil. You’re welcome

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