Clever cleaning: 6 alternative things you can use dishwasher tablets for around the house

Washing machines

We use our washing machines and dishwashers so often that we tend to take their automatic cleaning powers for granted. We believe that since these appliances are made to wipe away grime, they can’t possibly get dirty themselves. But you might have noticed that your machine isn’t getting things as clean as it used to…

Do you ever clean your washing machine? Many people don’t, but it’s actually very important as it prevents a lot of problems. Experts advise to run a load with one or two dishwashing tablets once a month. Set the machine at 90 degrees celsius for the best results. This prevents nasty smells and rinses the machine, which prevents clogging. This trick is especially useful for machines of 5 years and older, because it can prolong the machine’s lifespan quite a bit.

We’ve also got a bonus tip for you for washing new clothes. Put the new clothes in cold water overnight before washing them the next day. This makes sure they won’t change color or shrink!

Deep fryer

One of the most annoying chores we can think of is cleaning our deep fryer. It’s very difficult to remove all of the excess grease on the inside of the fryer. Luckily, a dishwasher tablet can make this task a lot easier. Fill the empty deep fryer about three quarters with warm water and add a dishwasher tablet. Leave the fryer basket in there as well. Turn on the fryer but make sure it doesn’t get any hotter than 90 °C. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Next, rinse the deep fryer with hot water. Extra tip: chances are that when you’re cleaning the deep fryer, a typical deep frying smell will spread, so we recommend opening a window.


Something a lot of people have trouble with is a cooking smell lingering in their home long after they’ve cooked the specific food in question. This especially happens when you’ve fried some fish or made pancakes. An easy way to get rid of these smells in your home is by using a dishwasher tablet. All you need to do is take a large pot and fill it with a good layer of water. Put it on a low heat and add a dishwasher tablet. The cooking smells will be absorbed by the pot of water and your home will smell fresh once more!

Curious what else you can do with dishwasher tablets? Go to the next page for the other three tips!

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