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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

How to Clean Your Dishwasher via Clean Mama

It doesn’t necessarily make sense to have to clean an appliance that cleans, but food particles and minerals can build up in your dishwasher preventing it from cleaning thoroughly.  Add cleaning your dishwasher to your cleaning rotation – your dishes will be cleaner and your dishwasher will run more efficiently.

ADD IT TO YOUR ROUTINE: If you’re adding cleaning your dishwasher to your cleaning rotation, completely clean it every month or at least every 3 months.

HOW TO:

Start by running the dishwasher and removing any clean dishes.
Wipe the seal and edges with white vinegar via Clean Mama
Wipe the edges and seal with your favorite all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar.
Remove the Bottom Rack and Check for Food Particles via Clean mama
Remove the bottom rack and check for any food particles or blockages.
Add 1 cup white vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher via clean mama
Pour a cup of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and sprinkle with about 1/4 cup baking soda (optional) – the baking soda can help to break down any build up with the vinegar.

Run short cycle via Clean Mama

Run dishwasher on a quick wash, hot, sanitize cycle.  This will ensure that your dishwasher is completely clean and that any mineral build-up is washed away.

When the dishwasher has completed its cycle wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

How to Clean Your Dishwasher via Clean Mama Infographic

Cleaning your dishwasher will take about 5 minutes of hands-on cleaning time and however long it takes to run the dishwasher cycle.  Try this quick and easy cleaning method today!

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The Only Thing You Need to Do to Organize Toys

The Only Thing You Need to Do to Organize Toys via Clean Mama

This week's organizing task is toys.  (August's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar is here!)  If you don't have toys to organize, simply choose another area in your home to organize this week.  I chose toy organization again (it was on the schedule for April, too) for this week because it's almost (or is) back to school time and toys are probably needing a little more organization in your home.  Or maybe it's just my kids and their toys....  … [Continue reading...]

Start Here. August 2014 FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar

FREE Cleaning + Organizing Calendar for August via Clean Mama

Happy August! If you’ve been working through the Start Here. calendar since January I hope you’ve met successes and made some oodles of progress in your home. If you’re new here, check out the first post in this series for a little more explanation. What’s behind the success of any clean and organized home? Consistency and follow through. This series Start Here. is a great place to start (and finish) because without starting something, … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Garage Spot

a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab July's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Garage Spot: Short on time? Try these easy-to-implement tips to a more organized garage with Clean Mama. This garage transformation is truly inspirational.  It features tons of … [Continue reading...]

How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress

How to Clean & Care For Your Mattress via Clean Mama

Mattresses and pillows require a little maintenance that you can easily do - just add it into your cleaning routine and your mattress will stay comfy and clean. Rotate Your Mattress Rotate your mattress every six months to keep the distribution of padding and foam consistent throughout the mattress. If you have a pillow top mattress you can only rotate your mattress 180 degrees.  If you have a standard mattress, you can rotate as well as flip … [Continue reading...]

Shop Update : Clean Mama’s Everyday Planner + FREE August Planner Pages

Clean Mama's Everyday Planner - A Simple, Perfectly Functional Planner via Clean Mama

I've been working on a new planner style and format since I created a planner last year - for real.  I took a lot of things into consideration and have come up with a simple and perfectly functional planner that I absolutely LOVE and hope you will too!  Clean Mama's Everyday Planner incorporates a few things that are really important to me - it has a straightforward and simple design, it's super easy to print, and it prints perfectly back to back … [Continue reading...]

Just Minutes to a More Organized Garage

Just Minutes to a More Organized Garage via Clean Mama

Have a garage that's needing a little attention?  Or maybe it's just me.... This week’s organizing task is to take a couple minutes to organize just one spot in the garage.  I'm tackling sports equipment and finding a better way to store the rackets, balls, bats, gloves, and all things fun and sporty and lacking a home.  And I'm not going at it alone, I'm getting the little sportsters involved in this organizing task.  It'll be fun and will feel … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Outside Toys

a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab July's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Outside Toys: Now is that time in the summer where all the outside toys could use a little cleaning and organizing after being used.  Round up the kiddos and put some order back in … [Continue reading...]

How to Wash Pillows

How to Wash Pillows via Clean Mama

One of the most popular questions I receive is, "how do you wash bed pillows?"  If you've ever asked this question or wondered if you can wash your bed pillows, this post is for you.  Not only can you wash your bed pillows, it's pretty simple! Two simple steps and a little time and you'll be sleeping on clean, fresh pillows in no time!  If you have feather or synthetic pillows, you can wash them.  Foam pillows are the only kind of pillow that you … [Continue reading...]

Martha Stewart Living Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

Master Bedroom Master Bedroom Closet Makeover via Clean Mama

I was asked to share a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System makeover on my blog and while our master bedroom closet system was fine, you can bet I agreed to install a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System! The process started with measuring out the closet and inputting the dimensions into MarthaStewartClosets.com.  There are three colors to choose from - Classic White, Espresso, and Wild Cherry.  I chose … [Continue reading...]

How to Clean + Organize Outside Toys

How to Clean and Organize Outside Toys in Minutes and With Help From the Kids via Clean Mama

Have some outside toys to organize?  Not sure how to clean them?  This week's organizing task is to clean and organize outside toys.  No outside toys to clean?  Clean or organize an outside area or another trouble spot. Depending on how many outside toys you have and how dirty and/or disorganized they are will determine your plan of action will be for cleaning and organizing the toys.  If you are overwhelmed by all the toys, clean and organized … [Continue reading...]

A Simplified Week : Laundry Area

a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. Did you grab July's FREE cleaning and organizing calendar? Go here to grab it! Laundry Area: Need some quick tips on how to organize your laundry room? Check out these tips from Clean Mama to get some practical tips to implement in no time! I really love … [Continue reading...]

How to Naturally Clean Any Washing Machine

How to Naturally Clean Any Washing Machine via Clean Mama

If you've ever wondered why your washing machine smelled funny or if you should be cleaning it, you need to clean it.  If you haven't ever wondered about cleaning this hard-working appliance, you still need to clean it.  Add this simple step to your laundry process and you'll have fresh smelling laundry AND an odor-less washing machine. You can clean a top loading or front loading machine with white vinegar or bleach.  My preference is to use … [Continue reading...]

BrightNest : 5 Tricks to Unlock Your Kitchen’s Hidden Potential

5 Tricks to Unlock Your Kitchen's Hidden Potential via BrightNest on Clean Mama

Today I have a great guest post from BrightNest.  BrightNest is devoted to inspiring and empowering you to take great care of your home. From basic maintenance tasks to fun cleaning tricks, we deliver everything you need to shape up your home and simplify your life. No two kitchens are created equal. Some are used every night, while others are only used on special occasions. Some are small. Some have islands. And some kitchens are the pride and … [Continue reading...]

Quick Ways to Organize a Laundry Room

Quick Ways to Organize a Laundry Room via Clean Mama

If you do laundry daily (like me) you spend a fair amount of time in and out of your laundry room/basement/laundry closet.  It is so much easier and more enjoyable to have an organized laundry room - so for this week's organizing task we're going to organize the LAUNDRY ROOM. Take a couple minutes to wipe down the exterior of your washer and dryer with your favorite cleaner to get the lint and dust off your machines.  Vacuum under and around the … [Continue reading...]