Your appliances get dirty. Here's what to use to clean them.
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Your washing machine and dishwasher are not as clean as you think they are. You run them often, the water and detergent swish around inside, and the plates and clothes come out cleaner than when they went in, so the machines must be clean too, right? Actually, they’re not. Every day, they come in contact with dirty clothes, dirty dishes, and possibly, hard water, so your machines need deep-cleaning. That’s where Affresh comes in.
Affresh tablets are made by the Whirlpool Corporation, a popular home appliance brand, but they work in appliances from other companies, too. Affresh comes in two formulations, one for dishwashers and one for washers. The products blast food residue from your dishwasher, remove grime left by detergent and dirty clothes in your washer, and zap mineral deposits caused by hard water. Do you know that icky smell that can arise from your washer or dishwasher? This is what I use to get rid of it.
I’m hooked on Affresh and I use it once a month in each of my cleaning machines. The cleaning process is practically effortless—here’s how it works.
Some people claim that distilled vinegar is an effective cleaner for a dishwasher but our experts advise against it. Vinegar, though useful for other cleaning chores, is an acid that can deteriorate a dishwasher’s rubber hoses and other rubber parts over time.
By the way, just because I’m obsessed with Affresh doesn’t mean you have to be. Whenever your washer is empty, you can clean it very well by pouring a cup of bleach into the bleach dispenser and running a hot Normal cycle. Either way, you can maintain the clean by using the right type of detergent (HE for most modern washing machines) and by wiping and drying a front load washer's gasket after every use.
If I have one issue with Affresh it is that the washer cleaning tablets contain boric acid, which might be a health and safety concern. For now, I’m going to keep using Affresh, because it does a great job cleaning my washer. As with many other cleaning products, it can be safe and effective as long as you handle it carefully and follow the directions on the package.
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