Yes, vinegar can help remove hard-water mineral buildup, but please first check your owner's manual to be sure using vinegar is OK for your dishwasher before following these steps:
Begin by starting the empty dishwasher on a regular cycle do not use dishwasher detergent. Let the cycle run for a couple of minutes, until the bottom of the dishwasher has begun filling with water (just open the door carefully and take a peek), then add 2 to 3 cups of white vinegar to the water, close the door and let the dishwasher complete the full cycle. Note: You can repeat this process if necessary.When done, the hard-water deposits should be a thing of the past, and to keep them from accumulating again, run vinegar through a complete cycle periodically. In fact, vinegar can be used to clean a large number of things in the home: exhaust-fan grille, coffee maker, shower heads, ceramic tile floors and so much more. You'll find these and many more uses in my six-page vinegar pamphlet, Heloise's Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More. To receive a copy and begin cleaning with the most versatile and inexpensive cleaner you'll find, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (63 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: Did you know that most vinegars, especially white, will last almost indefinitely on a pantry shelf? So stock up, and you'll always be ready to tackle most any cleaning chore. Heloise
Dear Heloise: We go to Florida in an RV for the winter. When packing our RV, I use shoe boxes for storage. I put my spices in one and over-the-counter drugstore supplies in another. When I get home, I remove the shoe boxes and put them in my house. This keeps things together and easy to transport. Loretta Marsh, Ravenna, Ohio
Dear Heloise: I keep a small rattan basket in my bathroom to store my everyday jewelry, and in the morning, I find myself fumbling through it to find a pair of earrings. I recently cleaned a few pairs of earrings and hung them on the side of the basket to dry. I noticed how decorative it made the basket, so I gathered all my dangly earrings, paired them up and hung them on the sides of the basket. Now it's much easier to just grab a pair. Holly Cole, Port St. Lucie, Fla.Dear Heloise: I purchase car deodorizers, such as those little trees. I hang one on the pipes in the back of the toilet in each bathroom, and the scent it gives off lasts for many weeks. I also put one under my kitchen sink. Carol Barbieri, via e-mail
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