Dishwasher Tablet in Washing Machine

Dishwasher Tablet in Washing Machine

While your washing machine might clean your clothes, what about cleaning your washer?

This question might seem absurd to some: A washing machine spends most of its time swirling in soapy water. That should mean that it cleans itself.

Well, no, unfortunately. Your washer needs to be cleaned now and again, just as your shower needs to be scrubbed occasionally despite being clean.

Two of the most common ways your washer gets dirty are a buildup of detergent residue and mildew on the door gasket.

Mildew can cause double problems: The foul-smelling fungus can transfer its odors onto your clothing and also causes rubber gasket degrading over time.

Are you able to clean your washer with dishwasher tablets?

Some homeowners use dishwasher tablets to keep washers clean without actually cleaning them.

Although this housekeeping trick is not new, it has become very popular on social media over the last few years. A dishwasher tablet can be used to remove any odors from your washer and eliminate any rancid residues. Is this a safe and effective method? Is this safe?

Again: No, unfortunately.

Our senior laboratory operations manager, Jonathan Chan helped us understand why dishwasher tablets should not be used to clean a washer. He also gave us some safer options.

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Jonathan says that dishwasher tablets might not be as effective at cleaning your washer as you think.

“I mixed 2 tablespoons of detergent in 2 cups of water (see the photo below). He explains that the Tide is the dish detergent, while the Tide is the Tide. The Tide is more dissolvable and the dish detergent is clumping. Dish powder is intended to work at higher temperatures that what you find in your washer.” This means you will likely have more residue after using the dishwasher tablets. It’s actually worsening one of two ways your washer gets gunked-up.

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Bosch Appliances also warns against this practice on their website.

Dishwasher detergents may not clean well at lower temperatures. They might also cause foam overflow in washers. This is a problem when the whole purpose of using a dishwasher pod was to save labor-intensive cleaning.

Here are some ways to clean your washer.

Although washing your washer is not as simple as putting a tablet in it, it’s not difficult.

Make a 1/4 cup mixture of baking soda and 1/4 cups water. Next, add this to your washer’s detergent container. Next, add 2 cups of white vinegar to the drum. Next, heat the drum on high heat for a normal cycle.

After the cycle is completed, your washer should be spotless. However, it’s worth a quick check with a sponge that has been soaked in 50/50 water and vinegar to remove any stubborn spots.

Prevention is the best treatment

One final tip for washer cleanliness: Front-loading washing machines should always be left open after each cycle to allow the drum to dry completely. This will help prevent mildew growth from ever starting and it will also keep your washer cleaner longer.