Cleaning Machines Need to be Cleaned Mama Loups Den This post is brought to you by Finish® and JONES VOICE The dishwasher is a funny appliance in our house. When my husband and I bought our first condo, we didn’t have a dishwasher for the first few years. I made the case for a dishwasher when we were about to receive four of my relatives for a week in our 800-square-foot apartment. It was going to be squishy, and there were going to be a lot of dishes. If I was going to enjoy my family’s company, I didn’t want to spend the whole time cleaning dishes. Now that we have two children and have moved to a townhouse in Calgary, I can’t imagine life without my dishwasher. Still, my husband refuses to use it. He loves to wash dishes by hand! And don’t get me wrong, he does it every night, often with a baby on his back. (I usually grab all the dishwasher-worthy dishes first to make sure I’ll have a full load when I add the breakfast dishes in the morning!) But guess what? Papa Wolf doesn’t spend the day at home, watching the dishes pile up on the counter. Now that the kids are in daycare twice a week, I’m spending 8 hours straight in my home office. My home office is the kitchen counter and I cannot concentrate with the dishes piled up behind my computer. Thus, my dishwasher is a most appreciated and effective colleague! (I even find the peaceful whirl and water sounds to be lovely background noise for my blogging.) But just like my washing machine (another beloved co-worker) needs to get cleaned every so often, my dishwasher also needs a thorough cleaning once a month. So I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve done anything to clean my dishwasher since we moved into our townhouse a year and a half ago. I’ve been putting it off. Having a newborn and a preschooler at home seems like a pretty good excuse! But I’ve started to notice that the bottom of all the mugs in the top rack of my dishwasher always have a little pool of dirty water sitting in them when they come out at the end of the cycle, and I can see that there’s gunk piling up in the filter below the spray arms. With the kids in daycare and working from my home office, I finally took a coffee break to clean the dishwasher. (I should note that I was doing some amazing multi-tasking, using my pumping bra and cordless breastpump.) If you haven’t removed the filter in your dishwasher recently … be prepared. It was nasty. How does my hair get in there?! (Well, my hair gets everywhere.) Of course, you can’t clean the hidden components of your machine this way, so I used Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner. Tear off the sticker on the lid and place the bottle upside down in the lower rack. Run a “pots and pans” cycle (or a sanitize cycle) and admire the results when it’s done! When I pulled out the filter and bottom spray arms before my Finish® treatment, there was a lot of built-up sediment and general yuckiness underneath. I was curious if the Finish® treatment would cut through any of that grime, so I didn’t touch it. Keeping in mind that I have never cleaned inside my dishwasher and I’m not confident the people who lived here before ever did, I was pretty impressed when I pulled the filter out after using Finish® (bottom image): I’m sure if I keep up with monthly Finish® treatments, it will never get to the disgusting point it was in the top picture! Because Calgary has such hard water, it’s important to me that the Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner also treats limescale. Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner left my dishwasher smelling fresh, instead of kind of musty. I’m sure my dishes will be coming out much cleaner now that the filters, spray arms and pipes are squeaky clean! Find out more about Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner here. If you haven’t tried Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner now is a great time to start! Leave a review (or tell Finish® why you’d like to try their product) and you could Win $10,000 to get your home Holiday Ready. This post has been sponsored by Finish®. All opinions are my own.