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*Soda Crystals are NOT suitable for aluminium pans.
Switch the machine on and let half of the Citric Acid solution filter through before switching it off. Leave for 20 to 30 minutes, then switch the appliance back on and let the rest of the solution run through it. Run the machine twice with clean water to remove any traces of Citric Acid. Depending on the hardness of your water and how often your machine is used, this method should be used every two to four weeks to ensure any limescale deposits are removed. Watch the video.
Citric Acid is a great plant-based natural descaler and cleaner. Limescale builds up on heating elements and clogs filters, requiring more energy before the water is heated. Left untreated, it can lead to the break-down of the machine and repairs may be uneconomical.
You may also want to regularly use the White Vinegar in the rinse compartment of the dishwasher. It will remove water marks left on glasses with ease and keep limescale at bay!
You can also polish stainless steel draining boards to a shine with a generous spraying of White Vinegar and then wipe down with a microfibre cloth.
*Do not use Soda Crystals in aluminium pans.
Many fruit and vegetables have pesticide residues. For items with a relatively non-porous surface, like carrots and apples it is highly advisable to remove any residue. This is particularly advisable for foods that sit just above the surface such as courgettes.
Sprinkle items with Bicarbonate of Soda before wiping and rinsing.
Dip a damp cloth into some Bicarbonate of Soda and use it to clean any stubborn areas.Both White Vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda are natural deodorisers and they will help eliminate smells.
The same principle applies to bathroom sinks and showers as shampoos etc can cause build ups.
For total blockages a plunger or rods should be used. Once clear, follow the advice above to prevent further blockages.
An alternative method is to combine equal parts of White Vinegar and salt to make a paste. Then use the paste with a cloth to wipe the cup clean. Finish off with a thorough rinse.
White Vinegar is also ideal, particularly for draining boards as it helps remove and limescale build up. As with all cleaners, allowing a short dwell time of up to a minute will make the task easier.