Apartment Earth: How to Improve an Old Dishwasher

Your old dishwasher isn't washing as nicely as it should? Skip the nasty chemicals and expensive cleaners and try this first.

Use boiling vinegar to dissolve build-up in the dishwasher's interior guts. Potential downside? Your apartment will temporarily smell like pickles. It's a simple solution that won't cost much, won't harm the dishwasher, and is easy on the earth.

Here's how it works.

You'll Need:
1-3 gallons of distilled white vinegar (the cheapest kind)
largest pot possible for boiling liquid
large cup or other container you'll use to scoop out water

  • Remove everything from your dishwasher. If you can remove the interior baskets, do so. That will make it easier.
  • In a pot, bring the vinegar to a boil. Meanwhile, turn the dishwasher on but do not add any detergent.
  • Midway through the wash cycle, open your dishwasher. A bunch of water will have collected at the bottom. Use your large cup or other container to remove this water. You want to replace this water with boiling vinegar.
  • Dump the water you pull out of your dishwasher down the sink, or, even better, reserve it for watering houseplants.
  • When your vinegar boils, carefully pour it into your dishwasher. Resume the wash cycle on your dishwasher.
  • You may need to do this a few times. However, you will notice a difference in the performance of your dishwasher.
  • If this still does not solve your problem, contact your landlord about upgrading your dishwasher to a newer, water-efficient ENERGY STAR model. Replacing a dishwasher manufactured before 1994 with an ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.
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