They can be smelly and hard to keep clean. And can often smell more like a sewer than a cleaning device.

They can be one of the worst places in our kitchens to harbour bacteria and other nasties!

Dishwashers are warm, moist & ideal place for bacteria to breed unless occassionally they are given a good clean out and wipe down.

Just following a few simple rules and spending a few extra minutes every now and then it will be so much fresher, smell better & be much healthierfor everyone in the family.

First you need to remove the filter & strainer which is usually in the bottom of the dishwasher, run it under warm water, give it a good shake to get anygunk off it and use a fine bottle brush cleaner to get any build up out of the mesh. Wash in enviroCareDishwash Liquid, rinse and put back.

Wipe the rubber seals and door to remove any mould or build up too with enviroCleanVigor All Purpose Cleaner.

If your dishwasher needs just a regular clean and is not too mouldy or have too much scum build up then natural methods are best to do a clean.

VINEGAR: A mild acid & natural deodoriser.

Put 1 cup white vinegar into the bottom of the empty dishwasher and use the heavy cleaning cycle.

When it's done sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher, leave it over night and turn your empty dishwasher on heavy cycle again.

Smells fantastic!

BORAX: sodium borate is natural and has many chemical properties that contribute to its cleaning power.

Use a damp sponge sprinkled with borax and wipe out the floor of the dishwasher and the door, scrubbing off any gunk, rinse with clean sponge and water.

Put 1/4 cup of borax on the bottom of the dishwasher, put your dishes in and turn it on as per your normal cycle. The borax will freshen up the dishwasherand make your glasses sparkle. Lovely!

Use either of these methods to give your dishwasher a cleanout and create a much better smell when you open the door.

enviroCareDishwash Powder has no fillers, no caustic or chlorine and is very economical to use -200 machine washes per kilo if used according to directions.

Dishwash Detox Bombs recipe coming in another blog.