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Conquer the Stink and Sludge: A Guide to Reviving Your Dishwasher with clean & simple™ SUPER CLEANER and VANQUISH™ Scale, Lime, Calcium & Hard Water Destroyer

by Heather Gessner on October 22, 2023

Dishwasher Funk?!

The dishwasher is a true kitchen workhorse, diligently cleaning your dishes after every meal. But what happens when your trusty appliance starts emitting unpleasant odors, accumulates nasty sludge, and falls victim to hard water deposits? It's time for a thorough dishwasher rescue mission!

In this blog, we'll explore how to clean a stinky dishwasher with clean & simple™ SUPER CLEANER concentrate and remove stubborn hard water deposits with VANQUISH™ Scale, Lime, Calcium & Hard Water Destroyer, leaving your kitchen companion refreshed and ready for duty.

Understanding the Culprits: Stink, Sludge, and Hard Water

Before diving into the cleaning process, it's essential to understand the root causes of your dishwasher's troubles.

  1. Unpleasant Odors: Dishwashers can develop bad smells due to food particles and residue build-up. These odors are often intensified by moisture, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
  2. Nasty Sludge: The accumulation of food debris, soap scum, and mineral deposits over time can create a thick, greasy sludge that lines the interior of the dishwasher, affecting its performance and cleanliness.
  3. Hard Water Deposits: If your water supply is hard (containing a high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium), it can leave mineral deposits on your dishwasher's interior components, such as the spray arms and glassware.

The Solution: clean & simple SUPER CLEANER concentrate

clean & simple SUPER CLEANER concentrate is an excellent product designed to tackle the tough job of cleaning your dishwasher. Here's how to use it effectively:

  • clean & simple™ removes the greasy gunk that causes the funk.
  • clean & simple™ will clean all of the hidden areas.
  • clean & simple™ removes odor-causing funk!
  • clean & simple™ is safe to use in dishwashers.

Step 1: Empty the Dishwasher Before you begin, make sure your dishwasher is empty. Remove any dishes, racks, and utensil holders.

Step 2: Remove the Sludge

  1. Open the dishwasher and remove the bottom rack.
  2. Inspect the drain and filter for any debris or sludge. Gently scoop out any visible residue.
  3. Wipe down the interior walls and door, paying special attention to corners and crevices.

Step 3: Run a Cleaning Cycle

  1. clean & simple™ can be added while still concentrated.
  2. Place clean & simple™ in a dishwasher-safe container filled with the product on the bottom rack. Make sure it won't interfere with the spray arms.
  3. Close the dishwasher and run a cleaning cycle, using the hottest water setting available. This will allow the clean & simple™ to dissolve and remove any accumulated sludge, grease, and lingering odors.

Step 4: Wipe Down and Rinse

After the cycle is complete, open the dishwasher and wipe down the interior once again using a diluted spray bottle of clean & simple™. Any remaining residue should come off easily.


The Power of VANQUISH™ Scale, Lime, Calcium & Hard Water Destroyer: Removing Hard Water Deposits

VANQUISH™ is an effective product for removing hard water deposits from your dishwasher's interior components, the heating element, and spray arms. Here's how to use it: 

Step 1: Empty the Dishwasher

Ensure the dishwasher is empty, so you can focus on the problem areas.

Step 2: Apply VANQUISH™ Scale, Lime, Calcium & Hard Water Destroyer

  1. For glassware: Place a glassware-safe container filled with VANQUISH™ in the top rack of your dishwasher.
  2. For dishwasher components: Apply VANQUISH™ directly to the affected areas, such as the spray arms or heating element. Follow the product's instructions for dosing.

Step 3: Run a Cleaning Cycle

  1. Close the dishwasher and run a cycle with the hottest water setting.
  2. The VANQUISH™ solution will dissolve and remove the hard water deposits during this process.

Step 4: Check and Repeat if Necessary

After the cycle, inspect the treated areas. If hard water deposits persist, consider running another cycle with VANQUISH™. Make sure to rinse all surfaces that VANQUISH™ has come in contact with.


Cleaning a stinky dishwasher with nasty sludge and hard water deposits may seem like a daunting task, but with the right products like clean & simple SUPER CLEANER concentrate and VANQUISH™ Scale, Lime, Calcium & Hard Water Destroyer, it's a manageable project. By following these steps, you'll revive your dishwasher, eliminate odors, and ensure it continues to provide sparkling, spotless dishes for years to come. Remember, regular maintenance can extend the life of your appliance and keep your kitchen smelling fresh. Happy dishwashing!

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