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The Smartest Ways to Use Dishwasher Tablets to Clean Your House

Dishwasher tablets can work on household stains, mildew, oil, and odors.

Did you know you could use dishwasher tablets in way more places than just your dishwasher? Turns out, we’ve all been sleeping on the lesser known uses of these compact cleaning agents. Since they’re designed with bleach and enzymes to remove stains, combat hard water, and eat through grease, those little pods can pack a mighty cleaning punch in areas of your home beyond just the dishwasher.

Where to use dishwasher tablets outside the dishwasher

De-funk your trash can: If your kitchen (or outdoor) trash can is smelling funky or looking crusty, give it a dishwasher tablet “bath.” Fill it with a few kettles of boiling water, drop a tablet in and let it soak for an hour before lightly scrubbing (if necessary) and rinsing.

Wash the washing machine: It’s counterintuitive, but washing machines actually need to be cleaned. Drop two to four dishwasher pods in the drum and run a hot water cycle to combat the mold, bacteria, mildew, and general black gunk that builds up in its grooves over time. (If you don’t want to waste water, toss in a load of rags, sheets, or other whites you’d like to brighten.)

Clean the toilet bowl: You can skip the fumes from most toilet-cleaning powders by just dropping a dishwasher tablet in the bowl, waiting for it to dissolve, then scrubbing and flushing as usual.

Lift oil stains: If unsightly gas or oil stains are blighting your garage or driveway, try lifting them with a dishwasher tablet paste. Wet the pod (or several, depending on the stain’s size), spread it liberally on the affected area, and let sit for a period of several hours—up to two days. Then rinse. While traces may still be visible, it should noticeably diminish the size and concentration of the stain.

Clean your oven door: If your oven door is looking dark and dingy, put on those rubber kitchen gloves, grab a hold of a dishwasher tablet, dip it in warm water, and use it to scrub the glass and door to gleaming effect.

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