Cleaning With the Season

8 Cleaners That Need Cleaning

Before you get started with your “Spring Cleaning” checklist, make sure these eight household cleaners are actually clean themselves. Here’s how to ensure your tools and appliances are free of dirt, grime, odor, and gunk so you can have the cleanest spring yet.

Dishwasher
Without a proper monthly cleanse, your “self-cleaning” dishwasher can become a cesspool of bacteria, fungi, black yeast, and even mold. Not to mention it can also emit a foul odor, thanks to leftover food particles.
 
To kill germs, erase soap scum and cut through films of grease. Start by picking up debris from the bottom of the drain with a rag or paper towel. “Then, pour white vinegar into a cup, place it on the top rack of an empty dishwasher, and run a full cycle on the hottest water setting,” says Sherrie Le Masurier, author of House Cleaning Tips: How to Clean and Declutter Your Home Fast. “To deodorize, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run a hot cycle.”
 
If you find that the dishwasher interior often turns a rusty-brown color, the iron in your water is the culprit. Reverse the discoloration with a dishwasher cleaner.
 
View the slideshow above for household cleaners that could use a cleaning!
 
More from our friends at Good Housekeeping:
52 Easy Home-Organizing Tips
34 Double-Duty Tips for Household Items
14 Innovative Cleaning Products for 2013
 
Photo Credit: Getty Images/ML Harris

Tags: Home Improvement and Repair, Kitchen, Bathroom, Spring Cleaning Guide, Cleaning

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