Easy dishwasher hacks to save you time and frustration!

dishwasher hacksIf there’s one appliance in my house that I love and can’t do without, it’s the dishwasher. What’s not to love? It takes care of the greasy dishes and saves me loads of time. So, when a post popped up in my feed saying you can cook salmon in a dishwasher I was intrigued!

What other dishwasher hacks were out there, that I’d never even thought to question? Turns out there were plenty!

Here’s some of the best to help make your life easier.

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Baking Soda Deodorizer

If your dishwasher is a little musty, try this hack from One Good Thing By Jillee.

Simply sprinkle a little baking soda around the bottom and run the hottest wash cycle (a short one).

Easy, non-toxic, fast way to clean your machine.

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

If you’re on a budget, you’ve probably found yourself pouring over the price of dishwasher tablets…

‘Is this 320 pack better than the 180?’

‘How many cents is that per tablet? 12? 16?’

Yep, I’ve driven myself nutty on more than one occasion.

So, why not make your own? This recipe from Frugal Family Home is the bomb!

It’s cheaper, it’s pretty easy. And the ingredients are easily found at the store. What’s not to like?


Run Hot Water in Your Sink First

Running your sink first means you’ll get the hot water flowing. And that the first water hitting your dishes in the dishwasher is going to be hot, not cold.

Wash Cycle With Vinegar

Want to clean your dishwasher using a simple non-toxic product you already have at home?

Oh, hi there, vinegar!

Vinegar is such an awesome cleaner.

It’ll melt away grease and can even sanitize and get rid of odors.

Win, win, win!

Simply add a cup of vinegar to the top shelf and set your wash cycle.

Contain Oil Spray


Oil in a can is one of the great time savers of the modern world. Now, instead of painstakingly greasing a pan with butter, you can shake, point, spray, done!

One problem.


Yeah, it sucks. A messy clean up is totally unavoidable…

…or is it?

Try spraying your pan in your dishwasher.

Open up your dishwasher, pop the pan on the top shelf and have at it. All the overspray will fall into the dishwasher to be washed off with a strong, hot cycle and detergent.

Remove Stains With Lemon Kool-Aid

Does this REALLY work?

Apparently, if you use Lemon Kool-Aid in place of dishwasher powder, it removes stains on your dishwasher.

Lemon Kool-Aid contains citric acid which helps remove calcium deposits inside your machine making it squeaky clean and lemony fresh!

If you’ve got particularly tough stains, try using Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser.

Organize Cutlery by Type

Make life easier for yourself by organizing your silverware ahead of time. Keep your forks together, knives together, spoons together (though not spooning!)

This way, when the cycle is down you can just grab handfuls and put them back where they belong in one fell swoop.

Time saver!

Alternate Cutlery Handles Up Or Down

Don’t let your spoons spoon! If they do, you might find they don’t get properly clean. Instead, alternate the handles up or down and make sure there’s no spooning going on.

Make Sure Knives (Especially Sharp Fruit Knives) Are Pointy-End Down

Before I started doing this I’d almost always poink myself on a knife emptying the dishwasher.


Now, it’s become second nature – anything sharp, pointy-end down.

That way you’re not trying to fish a knife out of the cutlery drawer by the pointy-end.

Warm Plates for a Dinner Party

Does your dishwasher have a plate warming setting? Oh, you never checked?

Well, this setting uses the same hot air cycle it normally uses to dry your plates to heat your plates to a nice temperature for a sit down dinner.

Now that’s getting fancy!

Use a Mesh Laundry Bag For Small Items

Don’t you hate running the dishwasher then finding that your cycle didn’t complete properly because something fell into the mechanism? (Maybe that’s just my dishwasher – the water jets are at the bottom). Or, you’ve got a whole jumble of small items at the bottom of your washer?

Are you doomed to wash small things by hand forevermore?

No way!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Grab a mesh laundry bag (don’t have one? Add it to your next Amazon order.)
  2. Put small items into it.
  3. Put it on the shelf.
  4. Enjoy knowing your dishes will be washed perfectly and stay exactly where you put them.

Unload the Bottom Rack First

I find that a lot of my smaller containers tend to flip in the dishwasher and collect water…

So, make sure you unload the bottom rack first to avoid dripping dirty-ish water all over your clean dry dishes.