That’s it, you’ve reached the saturation point: you can’t stand all those lime deposits in the dishwasher and those foul smells that are constantly coming out anymore. Are you tired of scrubbing hard for hours without success? But why torture yourself like that when there are far less restrictive solutions? No, no, without spending a dime, you already have what it takes in the kitchen! Quickly discover this miracle solution that will make your appliance shine like never before.

Why put a ball of aluminum foil in the dishwasher?

This is a brilliant idea that few people know! Your unexpected ally:  Aluminum foil. Yes, it’s true on all fronts. And thanks to its tremendous versatility, your dishes will be perfectly clean and shiny. You have some around, don’t you? You see, you don’t have to pay a dime! How do you apply this little trick? It’s simple: load your dishwasher as usual, but just before starting the rinse program, place a ball of aluminum foil in front of the dishes. That’s it, let’s go, now start the program. After that, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that all the dishes, cutlery and silverware are perfectly clean, with no traces of dirt. And that’s not all: the good news is that your rusty cutlery will shine like new again. And all this, thanks to this aluminum ball that restored its original appearance. Unexpected, isn’t it?

But how is that possible? Well, it turns out that during washing a certain substance is released from the foil and begins to oxidize. From there, the worn cutlery regains its old shine. As a bonus, it’s always good to know: If you notice dry dirt residue on the dishes, just rub that spot with the aluminum foil and they’ll be gone in no time.

How do you prevent your cutlery from rusting in the dishwasher?

Speaking of corrosion, it would be good to understand why your metal utensils rust over time. Let’s face it, that boring and old-fashioned look is definitely ruining your dishes! Aside from wear and tear, there are actually certain precautions to take and even mistakes to avoid in order to not speed up the process. Here are some pointers.

  • Open the appliance door after the program ends

Tell yourself that moisture is still the main cause of rust. And after the rinse cycle, the steam in the device is bound to be full of moisture. In this case, there is a systematic reflex: open the door of the dishwasher at the end of each wash cycle. This is the only way to remove moist air and thus avoid ugly rust on your metal cutlery. As a bonus, you’ll be doing the appliance itself a favor, as you’ll be preventing the development of bad odors and mold!

  • Please note: Some utensils are not dishwasher safe!

Unfortunately, in order to save time and avoid the hassle of washing dishes by hand, many people have gotten into the bad habit of loading their dishwasher full. You can’t imagine the damage this can do: On the one hand, the dishes are washed poorly due to an overload of the machine, and on the other hand, certain items have no place in it at all. It’s annoying, but some items made of low-quality metal or with metal coating can rust quickly if you wash them frequently in the machine. Therefore, you should always check the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid making mistakes. In addition, a word of advice: when in doubt, it is better to wash by hand. Yes, it is restrictive, but it is safer!

  • Avoid washing items that are already rusted

Another point to keep in mind: Rust is contagious, unfortunately! Yes, it’s amazing, but corrosion tends to spread between metal utensils. So, if you want to keep your items in good condition, especially avoid mixing them with pieces that have already rusted in the dishwasher. You’ve been warned!

  • Thoroughly remove all food debris from dishes

Another common mistake: again, out of sheer laziness, many people tend to put heavily soiled dishes directly into the machine. So, all they have to do is shake the cutlery or rinse it for a few seconds before putting it into the machine. Why is this gesture important? Because food residue on the dishes will cause metal cutlery to corrode over time. Honestly, you won’t lose anything if you remove them quickly to avoid such problems.

What utensils can be put in the dishwasher?

Note: conventional table knives are dishwasher safe, as are those made of stainless steel with plastic handles. But be careful, those with wooden handles or made of hardened steel should not be put in the machine. And for good reason: cleaning agents are very aggressive towards steel and can easily form rust stains that are difficult to remove. Remember that all wooden utensils should be washed by hand. Since this material is very porous, it swells quickly when exposed to moisture and may one day crack.

How do I avoid white spots on glasses?

Often you are surprised when white spots appear on crystal glasses after taking them out of the dishwasher. However, they are very clean. So where can these unsightly marks come from? As long as the water is contaminated with limestone and minerals, this phenomenon is very common. But still annoying. Especially since the stains are more visible on transparent glasses. Rest assured, there is a simple remedy to make them disappear: Soak your glasses in a solution of white vinegar and water for a few minutes. Thanks to the acetic acid, the minerals embedded in the surface will be dissolved in no time. Do you notice that there are still stains on your glasses? Rub them with some baking soda, rinse them and dry them carefully with a microfiber cloth. Look at the result … not a trace left on the horizon!