Tip of the Week: Fixing a Smelly Dishwasher

Reblogger Debbie Walsh
Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management


What an interesting and unusual idea.  An inexpensive way to solve a potentially expensive problem.  Thanks to Chrissy Doremus in Virginia for this great idea!


Original content by Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~


Tip of the Week: How to Freshen a Stinky Dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher that is getting a little sniffy or is showing some staining, pick yourself up a few packets of Kool-Aid brand unsweetened lemonade (I’m not trying to plug the brand here, but I have found that their packet recipe works better than the others). What you need to do is empty a packet into the soap dispenser; if you’re one of the lucky ones and your dishwasher has the little supplemental dispenser, put some in there as well. Now run the EMPTY dishwasher through a full cycle and you should be amazed. The result? Clean and lemony!

Posted By: Chrissy Doremus, U.S. Inspect Blog


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Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Debra, we just had this problem the other day and could have used this tip. We put baking soda in and it seemed to do a decent job but next time we'll use the Kool-aid.

Sep 01, 2010 08:10 AM #1
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
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Hey Debra, I don't think that my dishwasher is in need of this, but I'll give it a try anyway...certainly can't hurt.
Sep 01, 2010 03:21 PM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hi Debra, I solve that problem by not using my dishwasher (LOL) I use lemon and orange peels in my garbage disposal to create the same fresh smell.

Sep 01, 2010 05:13 PM #3
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Debra, what a clever tip!

Sep 01, 2010 05:46 PM #4
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
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Debra, thanks for re-blogging this tip...I'll keep it in mind for any home with a dishwasher in need of freshening up! :)


Sep 01, 2010 08:10 PM #5
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Thanks for the re-run, Debra.  I never would have thought of using Kool Aid!

Sep 02, 2010 02:53 AM #6
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Thank you Debra!

Sep 02, 2010 01:30 PM #7
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Who would have thought right?

Sep 15, 2010 07:22 AM #8
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