Put a lemon in the cutlery basket: the infallible trick to get shiny dishes


Lemon is one of the most famous natural products for its degreasing and cleaning capabilities. Ideal for hygiene and cleaning, just like baking soda and vinegar.

Lemon can be used to clean all surfaces, remove dirt from dishes , degrease and remove traces of grease. The result will be fabulous, above expectations.

Dishwasher, how to clean it correctly so that the dishes are always clean and fragrant

The dishwasher has become part of Italian homes, especially in recent years. Nowadays it is considered an almost indispensable appliance , because no one has the time or desire to wash the dishes anymore.

The dishwasher will take care of this, but you can’t buy it and put it under the sink and then use it whenever you want without taking good care of it . There are those who do it, but they do not know the serious mistake they are making.


You should clean the dishwasher daily, with a damp cloth and then with lemon once a month, to sanitize it and prevent grease, grease and dirt from accumulating inside. pots and cutlery. All of this, in the long run, causes bad odors, in addition to obvious malfunctions.

How to clean the dishwasher with lemon

Dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, washed in a dishwasher that is not cleaned properly, end up stinking instead of smelling good . But don’t worry, because in this case baking soda, vinegar and lemon , considered panaceas, come to our aid. These natural products allow you to thoroughly wash and sanitize any appliance, in any condition.

To clean the dishwasher well and have it smell fresh in the blink of an eye, place half a lemon in the basket , in the glass compartment and activates the vacuum wash cycle with a temperature of around 37 degrees. At the end of the wash, the dishwasher will be fragrant and clean.


There is also an alternative method  to use lemon The lemons are squeezed, the juice is poured into  ice buckets and then placed in the freezer. If you want, you can also add a few drops of essential oil exactly as it smells, and a little vinegar that increases the sanitizing action of the lemon . 

Once the cubes have hardened, they can be placed in the dishwasher after each wash. This way the dishes will smell clean and the dishwasher will clean itself while you wash the dishes.

Other alternative methods

Alternatively, instead of lemon , you can use vinegar, which removes dirt and grease. Also in this case, as for the lemon, the vacuum washing cycle is activated, at high temperature, with a glass of vinegar, poured directly into the dishwasher.

You can try cleaning the dishwasher with baking soda , which degreases and deodorizes any appliance. Simply run an empty wash cycle once a month and you’re done.

How to care for your appliance and ensure it has a long lifespan

Finally , do not forget to clean the dishwasher filter, which can become clogged during washing with food scraps . Then dismantle the filters, clean them with a brush, possibly with hard bristles , and then rinse them with hot water and adding a little detergent, without exaggerating.

As for ordinary maintenance of the dishwasher , it is important to remove all food remains from the dishes before placing them inside. Then choose the appropriate detergent , descaler, bright, detergent is recommended. The wash cycle begins and should never be interrupted.

Fill the dishwasher

Once finished, take out the dishes and leave the door open to allow the heat to escape and the compartments to dry. We must not forget that, once a month, the dishwasher basket must be carefully cleaned as well as the filters and sprinklers. At these points limescale is formed , which causes the machine to malfunction .

Finally, again using a solution based on water, lemon and vinegar , clean the edges of the door, possibly with a brush old teeth and a damp cloth. With the toothbrush you remove traces of dirt where it is difficult to reach with a common cloth. Clean the entire surface with the cloth.