Where I live we have some funky, calcium-laden water. It eventually crusts or gums up everything and just about any appliance we have involving water is just better off with a filter attached to it that is frequently changed. Of course, two of the appliances we use the most--the dishwasher and the washing machine--don't allow for that simple of a solution. When our last dishwasher gave up the ghost (totally unrelated electrical issue) we upgraded to an all stainless-steel model, which helps, but I still ee some residue start to collect on the nooks and crannies.
So I bought this:
I use it to clear out the dishwasher and keep it running smoothly. Super simple and not a big-time investment for me. Apparently they have a 3-n-1 product that you can also use to tackle my next problem child but I haven't seen it in any of my local stores.
So to clean my ancient top-loading washing machine, I am going to try this tip that I found on Pinterest. It involves a few steps and several cycles but if it cleans out the funk? I'm all for the effort. I know how I'm going to be spending my Wednesday afternoon.
How do you clean your appliances?
(Photo from Lemishine)