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Our dishwasher is probably put on about once every two or three days so it can get a bit pongy when you open the door, especially if I have cooked curry or chilli or other spicy food. If the plates are particularly dirty I will usually rinse them underneath the hot tap but more often than not I will just scrape off any food remnants into the bin and then put them in the dishwasher.
I had not used one of these dishwasher fresheners before and I was first introduced to them when I put my coffee cup into my friends dishwasher and commented how lovely and fresh and lemony it smelled. She showed me this Finish dishwasher freshener and said she had always used one as she generally only uses her dishwasher twice a week so the smells do build up in there. I was quite impressed by this so I looked round and found them at one of the pound stores. It is available in Orange fragrance and lemon and lime but they only had the lemon and lime one at the shop I bought mine from. They are widely available at supermarkets, houseware stores and online and range from £1.00 to £2.50.
You simply clip the freshener onto one of the racks or basket or hang it from the upper rack, the only thing you need to be careful of is that you don't block the spray arms from rotating. You can see the liquid gradually reducing as you use the dishwasher and it is supposed to last for up to sixty washes. I have had my current one in the dishwasher for about three months and it is probably about half way down so this would be about right for my usage.
Although it doesn't completely mask really strong smells you can smell the lovely citrus smell every time you open the dishwasher which is far more pleasant and refreshing than the aroma of two day old food. The one downside to this for me is that very occasionally I can smell lemon on some of my plastic containers as the smell seems to attach itself to them slightly but I will just give them a quick rinse under the tap and this gets rid of it, but it doesn't seem to stay at all on anything else.
This refresher is recommended by leading manufacturers including Neff, Siemens, Elextrolux, Smeg and Bosch. It probably won't be suitable or appeal to everyone as some people won't like the lemon fragrance or the idea of adding something else to the wash. Also if you put your dishwasher on every day you probably won't get a build up of smells and won't need one but for me it is ideal as I don't use the dishwasher every day but there are always things in it and sometimes for up to three days. It doesn't claim to make your dishes any cleaner or brighter but it does prevent nasty smells escaping from your dishwasher every time you open it and gives you a pleasant citrus burst, so I will continue to buy these refresheners and will keep an eye open to get them on offer for £1.
Made the mistake of washing a plastic nozzle from our coffee machine (dishwasher safe) and now it makes coffees that taste of lemon. Looks like the lemon freshness has infused into the soft plastic and no amount of rewashing or boiling will get rid of it. So it's turned out to be a very expensive way to freshen the dishwasher :(
all your utensils will will pick up a strong odour of citrus and this transfers to your food, making everything taste of citrus dishwasher freshener. eurgh
I really can't bear the smell of a dishwasher. I'm not just talking about when it's filled with dirty plates etc but also the funny smell it gives off when it been through a cycle. My husband is even more opposed to the strange chemical smell than me and recently he has been handwashing all his glasses etc before using them even though they are clean because he claims that they stink of the dishwasher.
I can kind of see his point, on occasion, I myslelf have been looking forward to enjoying a nice chilled drink of juice only to have been put off by the smell of the glass.
I was unaware of any product available to avoid this problem. I had used lemon dishwasher tablets in the past but they hadn't done the job so I was at a bit of a loss what to do next.
One day I was strolling through Tesco's and I spotted this Finish Dishwasher Freshener. I was eager to give it a go and felt quite confident that it could be the answer to my problem. I had great confidence in the Finish brand, as although expensive, their product do seem to stand head and shouldders above the rest.
I picked this freshener up for £2 from my local Tesco's and I opted for the Lemon & Lime variety. When back at home, I simply removed the freshener from the packaging and clipped it on to the top drawer of my dishwasher. The freshener simply sits there and works it's magic while the machine runs it's cycle.
As soon as I started using this little product I noticed a real difference. When I opened the machine after a cycle, the lemony aroma hit me and I had a godd sniff of the glasses and as well as looking clean and fresh, they also smelt good too.
My husband no longer complains about stinky plates, so I think this is product I will continue to use for the foreseeable future.
I have had one of these in my dishwasher for a few months, and noticed that my silicone and plastics are picking up the smell of it. This has resulted in my food tasting faintly of the dishwasher freshener. Not good. I have now removed the offending item, and would rather have a smelly dishwasher than ruin my silicone and plastic kitchen aids. I've given it 1 star, as it does mask the smell of stale dishwasher, but not at the expense of my dinner!
Finish 2in1 OdourStop / Finish Lemon & Lime Dishwasher Freshener / Finish 2in1 OdourStop is an odour neutraliser / Rather than use overpowering fragrances to mask the odours, Finish OdourStop has a double-action formula to firstly eliminate malodours then leave a fresh, clean smell / Finish Lemon & Lime Dishwasher Freshener will freshen your machine with a cool, clean Lemon & and Lime scent / It's special dual chambers work together so that every time you open your dishwasher you get a breath of refreshing Lemon & Lime scent.