One of my favorite things to share with you are tips and tricks that give me that a-ha moment.
This idea came at a bit of a price but it could have been a lot worse! One Saturday morning, I loaded all the breakfast dishes into my dishwasher and started it. Off I went to get my son ready for soccer and on his way through the kitchen he said “Mom why is the dishwasher leaking?” I immediately opened the dishwasher to stop it from running and the water continued to pour into the dishwasher and out onto the floor!
Cue the panic.
I ran downstairs to shut the water off to the house. Why not just shut off the water to the dishwasher, you ask? Turns out that the company we had install the dishwasher AND the line to my fridge for the water and ice maker, didn’t think it was necessary to bring those connections up to code. Hmmmm, wishing I had spent my money elsewhere but there isn’t much I can do about that now. All I can say is thank God no one was in the shower with soap in their eyes.
About 10 bath towels later, we sopped up all the water and called our plumber. He came and looked at the set up and besides there being no shutoffs, all was well from his end. Time to call an appliance repair man.
Thankfully the plumber was able to install all the appropriate valves while he was here.
We washed dishes by hand for a week, and that was no fun. I must say I was happy when Paul the appliance guy came and told me it was just a valve and it was no big deal.
Phew, crisis averted.
Can I go off on a tangent for a second? Why is it that companies make appliances to be disposable these days? I know some of you own the same washer you have had for 25 years. Or maybe you don’t, but your parents are still washing their clothes in the same washer you threw your pool towels in when you were a kid. It really is a shame. Now, they barely last 5 years.
Now, what does any of this have to do with lemons? Well, Paul the appliance guy and I got to talking while he was replacing the valve and he told me that throwing lemons in your dish load can help get your dishes and glasses a little cleaner, especially if you have hard water. In New Hampshire, hard water is very common, as are wells which can mean low water pressure.
I have long struggled to only run the dishwasher when no one was showering, no irrigation was running and no laundry was going, to keep the water pressure as high as possible. But lemons? I never considered lemons as a dishwashing helper, although I have used them in cleaning other spots around my house.
Turns out that “lemon fresh scent” in many detergents isn’t just for scent. The citric acid acts as a bit of a rinse aid.
If you happen to be a child of the 80s and still buy Tang, that works too. Just sprinkle that in the bottom of your dishwasher.
As for the lemons, I toss wedges in my utensil compartment.
Or take a squeezed lemon and spear it right onto the top rack.
Don’t bother wasting fresh lemons on your dishes. I use lemons that have already been used to flavor water or for cooking.
I wouldn’t recommend adding the lemons with any actual silverware or special dishes, but for regular everyday dishes and glassware, as well as my everyday utensils, I haven’t found any issues. Please check with your dishwasher manufacturer for any specific instructions or recommendations they may have concerning your specific dishwasher.
My glasses are sparkling clean and I haven’t had any residue left over on them since I started doing this. YAY!
Need Some Other Cleaning Tips? Look No Further.
Click here for some DIY cleaning solutions that also use lemons. Those little suckers are useful.
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