Cleaning Your Dishwasher With Kool-Aid

Sunday, May 31, 2009


About a year ago I wanted to clean my dishwasher and looked up a few ways on the internet. I learned that you can run the dishwasher with a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid to clean it. I have been using lemonade Kool-Aid (or off brand) in my dishwasher for a year now, and have liked it. It doesn't get it perfectly clean, but it is better off than doing nothing and it is easy to do. Just pour a packet into your detergent dish, close the lid and run your dishwasher. I looked it up on the internet and found an article about it at Real Simple. You have to use the lemonade flavor because it has citric acid in it and it is the citric acid that removes the stains. If you tried any other flavor you could have a real mess on your hands. So stock up on lemonade Kool-Aid while it is on sale this summer!

17 comments :

  1. Well, I guess without the sugar it wouldn't be sticky. Interesting. I wonder who thought of it first - "My dishwasher is so dirty. I know, I'll try Kool-Aid. Hmm. Tropical Punch didn't work so well, let's try something that won't stain like, say, lemonade." I'm sure that's exactly how it went down.

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  2. Great tip, thanks! And the money I save I can spend on decorating, right? :)

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  3. saw your blog on SITS and thought i'd stop by! sooo glad i did! my dishwasher stinks like old milk. we went on vacation and forgot to run the dishwasher! so now i'm off to get kool-aid! lol!! thanks for the tip and come check out my blog anytime!

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  4. Stopping by from sits to say hi...love your blog!!

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  5. What a cool idea! I've never heard of this before. Must give it a try.

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  6. First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'm SO glad you enjoyed the brownies! We actually stuck them in the fridge to keep them fresh and they taste really good cold!! I, too, loved that the ingredients were all ones that you ordinarily have on hand!

    As for the dishwasher tip...you may have just saved the day! I was going crazy trying to think of a way to remove some stains--I think I may just happen to have a packet of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid...can't wait to try it!

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  7. WOW! Thanks so much for this idea! I am going to try it! Love your blog!!

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  8. I usually use vinegar, but I am not so fond of the smell. Thanks for the tip!

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  9. No way! I've never heard of this before. I love it! Thanks for the tip. :-)

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  10. What a great idea. I have never heard of that. I will store that for future use!

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  11. Found your blog through the Mommy Blogger Directory. This is such a cool idea!
    I'm going to try this!!!
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by at Domestic Dork!

    This tip is right up my alley...that is, if I ever get around to cleaning my $%&^#% dishwasher! I hate that thing! It's a {broken} portable and it barely gets my dishes clean. I can't wait until I have a real dishwasher some day. Then maybe I won't resent cleaning it. :P

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  13. Thanks for this information. I will give it a try and start telling everyone. Have a great day. Kath'
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  14. Holy cow this tip actually works!

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  15. Thanks for the useful tips and helping people.Now cleaning the dishwasher would be much easier than before.

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  16. Couldn't you just use lemon juice? I have used vinegar as well and it works great... the dishes don't smell like it at all... but it does smell when pouring it in. I don't mind rotating with lemon juice :)

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