The Cleaning Power of Lemonade, Vinegar, and Baking Soda



You may think vinegar, lemonade, and baking soda are an unlikely combination, but these three actually have some amazing uses. They’ll do wonders for one of the toughest- to-clean appliances in your kitchen — the dishwasher.

To get rid of stains and smells, empty your dishwasher, and work your way through these three steps.

  • Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with vinegar and place it in the top rack. Run a hot wash cycle to loosen the stains and get to work on that musty smell.
  • Next run a wash cycle with powdered lemonade instead of soap. The citric acid and lemony scent will really freshen things up.
  • To further deodorize and blast away stains, sprinkle a good handful of baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and run it again on the hottest cycle.

You’ll find dozens more tips for a healthy home in The Country Doctor’s Kitchen Secrets Handbook 2: 1,267 Pantry Prescriptions and Refrigerator Remedies for Almost Every Health and Household Problem.


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