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How to Clean Your Dishwasher For Less Than $2 a Month


How to clean your dishwasher

Did you know that by simply cleaning your dishwasher properly on a regular basis you can greatly extend the life of your dishwasher AND save hundreds of dollars on repairs?!

Although dishwashers work hard to clean your dishes, the appliance itself needs a good scrubbing too.  

But why on earth does a dishwasher need to cleaned when it's running lots of scalding hot water during every cycle that would seemingly sanitize the unit?

Well, we aren't talking about giving it a good scrubbing with a bristle brush and elbow grease (thank goodness).  No, the type of cleaning we are referring to is deep down inside the drain hoses and pumps.

Hoses carry the most residue and mineral buildup inside a dishwasher.  This gunk can cause your dishwasher to have a musty odor while it's running.  In order to clean the gunk that gets trapped in the hoses and pumps, you need a product that will dissolve it, which in turn will keep your dishwasher running smoothly and save you money on expensive repairs.

What's the best dishwashing cleaning product?

The solution is simple.  Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner will not only clean a smelly dishwasher, but more importantly, it breaks down the residue and buildup in your drain hoses and pumps.

Household cleaners like bleach or vinegar, will NOT lift the residue from inside hoses.  It will simply wash over the gunk, but can't break it down like an Affresh tablet.  The citric acid in Affresh is what breaks down the buildup.  

Affresh cleaners come in tablets, and there is a great benefit to using a tablet over a liquid cleaner.  Tablets dissolve more evenly throughout the wash as opposed to liquid cleaners which can drain out in the first cycle of the wash.  Dishwashers have about 4 cycles in one wash, so you want a product to last throughout the entire cycle instead of only 25%!

Affresh is also septic tank safe.

When should I start using Affresh on my dishwasher?

Honestly, from day one of purchasing your appliance.  This will prevent mineral and limescale buildup, along with other residue that can do damage over time to your appliance.  It will also prevent your dishwasher from getting a musty odor.

What if my dishwasher already has an odor?

If you have had your appliance for a while and a smell has developed, then it's most likely some buildup has occurred in the drain hoses and pumps.  In order to break down the gunk it may take running a few cycles with an Affresh tablet spread out over the course of a few weeks.  Many of the negative reviews online from customers that claimed it didn't remove the smell, is from people who have only run 1-3 cycles over a period of time, but still have substantial buildup to remove.

The truth is, it may take 6-9 cycles over the course of 2-3 months to really clear out all of the residue, and thus get rid of the musty odor.  The great news, even if there is still a slight odor, you are really cleaning deep down in your machine, which can save you hundreds of dollars down the road in future repairs.  

You can try using a tablet once a week for 3-6 weeks until the odor is gone, or spread it out and use it twice a month for a 2-3 months.  One bag of Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner contains 6 tablets.

Even if you can't see it, Affresh is still working!

How often should I use Affresh maintence cleaning?

Run one cycle in your dishwasher once a month with one tablet of Affresh.

Can I use an Affresh in my dishwasher with dishes inside?

This can be a tricky one.  The only types of dishes we recommend having in the dishwasher while using Affresh are plain glass dishes with no design or paint on them.  The nice thing about plain glass dishes, is that it may help remove spots on them if you use Affresh in that cycle.  

DO NOT use Affresh in a particular cycle if you have silver dishes in the unit at that time (not that you would want to put real silver in the dishwasher anyway).

If you have dishes other than plain glass to clean, simply run a cycle with Affresh when the dishwasher is empty.

Make sure your hose is installed properly under the sink for proper drainage!

This might sound like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how common it is for hoses to be installed improperly.  When you look under the sink, the hose from the dishwasher needs to be draining downhill into the drain.  Sometimes hoses can be improperly installed below the drain, which causes the residue to back up because it can't drain uphill.  Proper drainage is key to being able to clean residue from your drain hoses and pumps.  

Here is a photo to illustrate proper installation of a dishwasher hose.

Dishwasher Hose installed into drain

Read our blog on How to Extend the Life of your Washing Machine with Affresh Washer Cleaner.

Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner

Hopefully we have inspired you to start using Affresh and keep your dishwasher runnning smoothly and saving you money on repairs!


Jake Osborne

How to Clean Your Dishwasher For Less Than $2 a Month

Extend the Life of Your Washing Machine for Less Than $3 a Month!

Front loading washer


GUNK build up.  

It's a common problem in your appliances that can dramatically shorten the life of them or cause a number of other problems that in turn cost lots of money in repair work.  

In a washer, that gunk is made up of detergent leftovers/residue.  Many people believe that detergents actually clean the washer itself along with your clothes, but they don't.

The pumps, motors, housing, hoses, etc. get gunked up with the detergent leftovers.  Things such as clogged hoses can result in motors running  twice to three times as long,  which in effect strips out gears in the motors and can cause them to fail.


With all the things on your to-do list, the last thing you need is to be spending time every month squeezed inside a washer drum scrubbing the hell out of it, only to find that you'll never be able to get the gunk inside the actual parts of the washing machine.  

The simple and effective answer to cleaning all that gunk buildup is... AFFRESH !

Yes, these magical tablets can be used to clean the detergent buildup AND get rid of those pesky musty odors that are so common in washing machines (especially front-loading washers).

All you have to do is put one tablet inside the drum of your washer, not in the dispenser, and run a cycle without any clothes.  If you currently have a smelly machine, you'll need to run three consecutive cycles with one tablet in each cycle.

For maintenance and prevention of build up and odor, run your washing machine once a month with one tablet.  

Considering all the damage by not cleaning your appliance, this is the single best way to extend the life of your washer, and with proper care, it's even possible to double the life of your washing machine!

Get 40% off Affresh for a limited time!

For the month of May in 2017, Affresh is on sale at 40% off.  Use the Coupon Code AFFRESHNOW at checkout! 


Jake Osborne

Clean your washing machine with the click of your button and one simple product!

How To Save Time & Hassle With AC Leak Freeze Kits

WHY can't i find this leak?!

Repairs can be frustrating, grinding, and pulps of tears. Don't let that happen to you! Finding a leak is like finding a crack in an inground pool liner. It's almost impossible. But with AC Leak Freeze it is at least feasible to cover your options. Take the guess work out of CAN IT CAN BE FIXED? And know for a fact if it can or can't.

AC Leak Freeze Family Shot

With AC Leak Freeze You Get This:

  • Opportunity to fix it cheap and not spend hours on trying something else
  • Knowing (taking the guess work out) if it is a big or little issue
  • Not replacing a unit just because you can't find the leak

We use to tell our clients and customers that the only option was to replace the unit. Now with this product we can either fix it for cheap or at least have a definitive answer on if it can be fixed. This saves us time and frustration on both ends of the call.

by Joseph Mancini

Get Pandora Tech Packs

We have put together a PANDORA TECH PACK with these AC Leak Freeze Kits. These come with the cartridge, adapter, and caulk gun. Ready to install or put on the truck!

Tech Pack

Now Sold as Pandora Tech Packs! Our new packs will help you get the job done FAST!

Pandora Tech Pack 45322

Equipped with a caulk gun it is ready to be applied to a high pressure system.

Check out our complete catalog

Or to learn more about this amazing product check out our feature page on AC Leak Freeze and why it is the best leak sealant on the market. Also check out our other AC Leak Freeze Videos and see why others are saying it's a game changer in the industry.

How to Save $1000's In Evaporator Leak Repairs With A/C Leak Freeze!

How to Save $1000's In Evaporator Leak Repairs With A/C Leak Freeze!

Repairing a coil in an air conditioner or refrigeration system can cost between  $800 to $4,000 in today's market. 

Replacing an entire unit (condensing, evaporating, or package units) can cost between  $5,000 to $15,000....GULP!

What if I told you there was a product that could seal a leak in your coils for less than $60?  Yes, you heard that right.  No replacing the coils or the entire unit.

A/C Leak Freeze is an ingenious product created by Rectorseal that can repair small, hard-to-find leaks in your refrigerater or HVAC unit. 

What is A/C Leak Freeze?

A/C Leak Freeze is a polymer-free formula that seals air conditioning and refrigeration leaks and does not react with moisture. Most competitive products have polymers and work by reacting with moisture.

  A/C Leak Freeze repairs refrigerant leaks of up to one to three pounds over an entire cooling season. 


#1.  It doesn't burn your skin or eyes and can easily be wiped off.  It's 100% safe for employees to use.

#2 .   A/C Leak Freeze is not activated by oxygen, which means if you don't use it all, you can save it and use on the next job, saving you money on product.

#3.  It's non toxic and eco friendly, in that it's not harmful to breathe in and is safe for you and your customers and their family.

#4.   Saves money for your customers because they don't have to replace coils or units, and is affordable product for you to purchase, keeping overhead costs low.

#5.    It's compact and easy to store on your service vehicle.

Here is a link for any questions you may have about AC Leak Freeze:   FAQ's for AC Leak Freeze.

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Summer 2017 discount for a/c leak freeze

Enter the coupon code SUMMERLEAK at checkout for 35% off any A/C Leak Freeze product!

(This discount cannot be combined with any other discount code)

How to save 1000s in evaporator leak repair for an hvac unit!

Check out our video for a/c leak freeze