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Cleaning Hack: Why Put A Dishwasher Tablet In Your Shower?

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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Have you ever tried using a dishwasher tablet in doing your general cleaning? If you haven't, it is time you gave it a try. Dishwasher tablets are known to remove soap sum and grime on surfaces. You could wonder, "why put a dishwasher tablet in your shower?"

Using dishwasher tablets to clean is the latest cleaning craze that is going on in the cleaning world, but does it work? This article explains the benefits and expectations after using a dishwasher tablet to clean your shower, so read on to learn more.

Does a Dishwasher Tablet Clean A shower Perfectly?

A short answer is yes and no since this depends on two factors- how bad the scum effect is and how long you can scrub to achieve a clean finish.

In most cases, dishwasher tablets tend to be small, covering a small area at a time. You will also need to be on your knees and use your hands to reach other surfaces while scrubbing the soap scum. It may take you time, and effort to bring out the sparkle, but if you are ready for the cleaning sacrifices, there is no doubt you will achieve.

The dishwasher tablets are also a great idea since they go for an affordable price that ensures you clean your shower within your budget.

Why The Dishwasher Tablet Cleaning Hack Fails To Clean Hard Water Stains

Some users complained that the dishwasher tablet cleaning hack was ineffective in cleaning their showers, especially in removing hard water stains. A dishwasher tablet's ingredients consist of sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, sodium carbonate peroxide, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate, and sodium silicate.

In other words, the dishwasher tablet is made of soluble salts and baking soda, effectively cleaning acidic stains from plates and cutlery if you use soft water. So, if you use hard water in your shower, you may have difficulty cleaning off the hard water scum and stains with the dishwasher tablet since hard water deposits calcium and other minerals.

If you use dishwasher tablets to clean your shower, you may add some shower cleaning spray on it since it contains surfactants derived from alcohol, fatty acids, and lactic acid. The combination works miracles on limescale and other hard water build-ups in your shower.

You will also save time and effort using the spray rather than scrubbing your shower with an entire dishwasher tablet.

1. Budget Friendly

Most people refrain from buying bathroom cleaning materials since they are expensive. However, if you don't want to keep buying bathroom cleaners, you can opt for the dishwashing tablet, as it works almost the same s most cleaning items. In addition, it is way cheaper, and anyone can afford it.

2. Cleans Effectively

A clean bathroom is comfortable as nobody wants to use a dirty bathroom every time. If you want to clean your bathroom effectively, try using a dishwashing tablet to remove the soap scum and grime. Just dip a dishwasher tablet inside warm and wait for it to dissolve; then, you can scrub shower walls and glass doors using the solution.

3. They Have Zero Side Effects

The best aspect about dishwasher tablets is that they do not affect your shower materials through corrosion as they have zero side effects. Therefore, using dishwasher tablets to clean your shower is effective as you are guaranteed safety on both your end and shower parts such as the shower head, knob, walls, floors, and door.

4. Best For Cleaning Shower Glass

Dishwasher tablets are the best for cleaning shower glass as they sparkle the glass material from the inside out. If you want your shower clean, throw a tablet in hot water and wait for it to dissolve, then use a cleaning sponge to wipe through the soap scum or grime.

How Can You Use A Dishwasher Tablet To Clean Your Shower

For the dishwasher tablet hack to work, you need to know how to use it effectively, not just throw the tablet there and leave it.

Buy The Dishwasher Tablets

Before you purchase the dishwasher tablets, you should note that:

  • It would be best if you bought the dishwasher tablets in leading supermarkets or stores that sell great products.
  • Check the expiry date to prevent yourself from harmful side effects
  • Buy the quality ones they could be more effective in the cleaning procedure.

To clean your shower, you will need

  1. A single dissolvable dishwasher tablet
  2. A single pair of rubber gloves
  3. Warm water

Follow the steps below keenly if you want a sparkling clean shower.

  1. Pour your warm water into a tube
  2. Put the dissolvable tablet in the warm water
  3. Rub it between your palms quickly like a machine
  4. Start scrubbing your shower while you focus on areas with more soap scums and grime.
  5. Leave the shower with soap for 20-30 minutes before you rinse and dry the shower.

What Else Can I Clean A Dishwasher Tablet With?

Dishwasher tablets have an ingredient combination that makes them effective in removing soap scum, removing stains, dissolving grease, and breaking down protein and starchy foods. Apart from cleaning the whole shower, a dissolvable tablet's magic works ten times more than a compressed detergent. When you use the dishwasher tablets correctly, you can clean your:

1. Oven Door

Use a dissolvable dishwasher tablet and dip it in hot water then wipe through with a soft cloth.

2. Refrigerator

Dip the dishwasher tablet in warm water and wait for it to dissolve, then use a soft cloth to wipe the residue, then rinse off.

3. Oil Spillages

a dishwasher tablet has a chemical combination that breaks down oil molecules; that is why it is used to wash oily plates. You can use it to clean oil spillages around your home.

4. Toilet Stains 

Since the dishwasher tablet works perfectly on ceramic material, it can clean the toilet area perfectly. Due to its abrasive nature, you can use it to scrub soap scums or leftover scum in the toilet area. Drop a tablet in your toilet bowl and wait for it to dissolve, then start scrubbing using a toilet brush. In no time, your toilet bowl will be sparkling clean.

5. Kitchen Sink

After a long time of using your sink, grime and dirt form at the bottom of your sink, releasing a pungent smell on your kitchen area. You should check the sink area to ensure there is no dirt, but if you find you are supposed to get rid of it. A dishwasher tablet does the cleaning job well by removing the grime build-up under the sink.

6. Scorched Pots and Pans 

Like your oven door, you can use dishwasher tablets to scrub scorched pots and pans. The abrasive nature of the tablets makes them the ideal choice for cleaning heavy pots with stains.

7. Stained Coffee Mugs, Plates, and Cups

Sometimes, your dishwasher may fail to clean some stains completely. It may require you to clean the mugs practically. You can put some dishwasher tablets inside the dirty mug and pour some warm after inside, then wait for the magic to happen. The dishwasher tablet cleans your mug effectively.

However, you should never use dishwasher tablets in cleaning your clothes or put them at the bottom of your dishwasher, as the tablets are abrasive to clothes and they could damage your dishwasher componenets .

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Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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