When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher?

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The repair man said, wrench twirling around his fingers and he pulls up his drawers.

Clean? It’s a dishwasher? The sole purpose of this lifesaving piece of technology is to clean… doesn’t it fall into the self-cleaning category?

Apparently not…

Did you know you have to clean your dishwasher?

I don’t mean wipe down the outside when your child reluctantly loads up the dishes, and dribbles coffee down the door. I mean take the racks out, dig in and clean it! In the last 12 months only about 27% of Canadians have done this. Well, it is recommended that your dishwasher gets cleaned regularly because of food build up, hard water and calcium. These things can plug up the most important machine in the house, and leave you holding the bill for the repair man.

Here are a few simple tips that you can add to your arsenal to keep your dishwasher running well.

  1. Rinse your dishes, but not too well. Dishwashing detergent works best with some grime to get rid of.
  2. Make sure the water drains. Do not leave water sitting in the bottom of the dishwasher. It will create a smell as bacteria starts to grow
  3. When the cycle is complete, allow your dishes to dry by opening the door, or running the dry cycle.

Once a month pop an affresh® dishwasher cleaning tab into the bottom of your dishwasher, as you begin the washing cycle.

We used an affresh® dishwasher cleaning tab just this past week, and I am very pleased with the results. Our dishwasher isn’t very old, and that is the best time to start regular maintenance. Early. It shined it up nicely and worked away at the hard water build up that had started to accumulate.


Affresh® is easy to use – all you need to do  is load up your dishes as you usually would. There is no need to run an empty cycle, because affresh® is safe to use on dishware too! Fill the soap tray with your favorite dishwashing detergent, and pop the affresh® tab in the bottom of the machine and the tablet will power away hard water and mineral deposits to keep your machine working its best.

Affresh® Dishwasher cleaner is effective in all brands of dishwashers and is the manufacturer recommended cleaner for KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag, Jenn-Air and Amana brands available at all major grocery and department stores.

To check out additional products that keep your appliances in top shape, visit affresh.ca


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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