Home improvement tasks can intimidate anyone – – even the most capable among us. But, fret not! Sometimes the most worrisome problems require simple fixes. So in hopes to inspire our readers to tackle their ‘To-Do Lists’ or just arm themselves with DIY knowledge, we’re launching a “Simple Fix” series right here on pinkverbena.com.

We’re ¬†going to address common problems that plague us at home and provide you with streamlined, easy to follow solutions that you can put into immediate action.

Suds in the Dishwasher

Maybe you’ve done the following: You’re rushing through your day, attempting to tie up as many loose ends as possible around the house. In your mad dash to start a dishwasher load, you accidentally grab the dish soap instead of the dishwasher detergent. As the machine swishes about, you start to notice an enormous amount of suds leaking from your dishwasher and on to the kitchen floor. It’s starting to look like a white, foamy nightmare. What do you do? How do you fix this?

Well, the solution to this problem may be simpler than you think. In fact, cleaning up the suds will probably require more effort.

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The Tools You’ll Need

Here are your “tools”. You may already have these items in your kitchen or pantry:

  1. Measuring Spoon (Tablespoon)
  2. Plastic Bowl
  3. Dishwasher Detergent 
  4. Plain Shortening (in solid form, not liquid, unflavored)Dishwasher Hacks

What to Do

Step 1: Remove all dishes from inside of the machine. Then, take your plastic bowl and clear away the excess suds inside the dishwasher unit. Get out as much as you can.

Step 2: Take your measuring spoon and add 2 to 3 tablespoons worth of shortening to the bottom of the dishwasher.

Step 3: Run the dishwasher for one complete cycle. Once that cycle is complete, run an additional cycle. This time add a dishwasher detergent of your choice and run a second cycle.

Step 4: Now, you are able to detergent and resume cleaning your dishes . Wash your load as you normally would.

Quick Note:

If your home has “hard water”, it’s best to use powder or granular dishwasher detergent in your machine. For those with “soft water”, liquid or gel detergents work well. Not sure what you have? Take a quick trip to your local hardware store and grab a hard water test kit. Your water company may have them, too.




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via omega.com

That’s it! Problem solved. Make sure you continue to check back for more Simple Fixes and DIY inspiration. If you have a problem you want us to help solve, leave us a comment below.