Cleaning the dishwasher

29 Apr 14 09:20AM EST
Post by Matthew Steen  Matthew Steen Google Plus
cleaning-a dishwasher-how
Over the past three years, you may have noticed a new product on the market - detergents for cleaning your dishwasher. 

Now, you might be thinking that this idea is a little redundant. A dishwasher is supposed to be the thing that cleans other things, right? Well, right. And if you pay attention to your manufacturer directions for maintenance, you'll realise that you don't need to use a dishwasher cleaning product.

But for those who don't want to get their hands dirty cleaning out filters, and taking out and cleaning some pieces out of your dishwasher that have some leftover food in them, certain marketing departments have identified you as the recipient for this solution in search of a problem.

If your instinct is to say #FirstWorldProblem. Then yes, we agree.

We saw a major manufacturer of dishwasher detergent, come up with this idea about three years ago, and were perplexed. But given the market share for this quite niche area has grown to a whopping $12.87million across Australia (over two million units), there are a fair few of us who qualify as purchasers.

But wait - what does it claim to do? Well, it claims to remove grease and limescale build up in hidden and vital parts (their emphasis) such as filters, spray-arms and pipes. And of course in its directions it says to use monthly - and who doesn't want to spend an additional $5-7 per month on their grocery bills for the benefit of a marketing idea?

Unless you live in an area with a very mineral heavy water source (Adelaide, I'm talking to you), then our tester thinks just a normal powder or tablet wash without any dishes should be enough to give your dishwasher a clean - and be much cheaper!

Or of course, you could just follow maintenance directions...

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