While marketing our product at tradeshows in 2017, we realized that Powerizer is not only a 2-in-1 Dishwasher & Laundry detergent, it pretty much cleans everything dirty. Soon after, our demonstrations included cleaning floors, soap scum, removing grease from a work vest, and cleaning windows. Why not? After all, if Powerizer cleans your wine glasses, why not mix up a batch and clean your windows. While still learning more about this new revolutionary cleaning product, we began to look even more closely at how Powerizer was also a dishwashing machine cleaner. So along with sharing those details, we have a few more tips for keeping your dishwasher fresh and clean.
First Time Powerizer Users
If you have never used Powerizer before in the dishwasher, run an empty cycle using one scoop to clean the machine. We recommend setting a clean glass on the top rack. The idea is if the glass remains clean after the cycle, the machine is clean.
However, if the glass becomes cloudy, a second cycle is necessary. As Powerizer cycles through the machine, it will work to loosen residues that may be found in the seals, jet arms, attached to the rack, and even the filter. In this instance, move the dirty glass to the lower rack and pour one scoop of detergent into the machine's floor instead of the dispenser and run another empty cycle. Once you are confident, the dishwasher is clean, begin loading your dishes.
Prep before Placement
- Stack like items in piles, for quicker loading and to help determine proper placement.
- Start by removing food from your dishes by scraping food in the trash or garbage disposal.
- Reference the plastic symbols chart to determine if its dishwasher safe.
Placement Before Starting
- Avoid overloading your dishwasher. It's just as bad as adding too many items in the laundry cycle. The water is not going to reach between dishes if they are stacked to close to one another.
- Load larger items such as plates, cups, and bowls first. For wine glasses, place them tilted with the base up and the mouth faced down.
- Prevent melting plastic by placing them on the top shelf.
- When loading utensils, place them with the handle faced downward and spaced apart to prevent spooning. Load knives with the handle faced upward and the blade down into the basket to avoid cutting fingers and arms when reaching in to retrieve items.
Load the Dispenser
Powerizer is an efficient dish detergent with ingredients that eliminates the need for rinse aid. If your machine has a rinse aid, flush out any remaining product from the dispenser using plain water. Pour ¾ of a scoop into the dispenser then start your cycle.
Routine Machine Cleaning
Clean your filter, if you notice an odor coming from the machine, the first place to inspect is the filter. Regularly remove debris from the machine floor and the filter. Filters used in dishwashers before 2010 had a noisy, grinding function, so most manufacturers moved to a self-clean filter, which is a quieter option. Your filter is usually sunken into the machine's floor and is about the size of a soda-pop can or smaller and easily twists out. One of the benefits of switching to Powerizer for use in the dishwasher is that it has Soda Ash, a natural ingredient that softens water and prevents hard water buildup.
Clean the Spinning Arm and Jet-holes
Once the filter is cleaned and placed back into its compartment, focus on cleaning the spinning jet arms. They are the first sign that hard water residues are present. Calcium, Magnesium, and Limescale tend to block the water from spraying out of the jet holes that prevent proper water function.
Mix a heavy-duty cleaning solution using one (1) scoop to 16 oz. of water in a squeeze bottle. Apply the solution to the affected areas making sure to saturate the jet holes. Allow the solution to sit for at least ten (10) minutes. Finally, scrub the surface of the spinning arms first. If the jet holes still appear to be blocked, insert a safety pin's tip into each hole to clear residues from the jet holes.
Wipe down all inner and outer surfaces
After removing the lower rack, recycle any Powerizer already sitting on the floor to wipe all the surfaces. Add more detergent to a microfiber cloth if necessary to remove any remaining dirt or residues.
Powerizer replaces stainless steel cleaner
Apply Powerizer using the same heavy-duty wash solution and an ultra-plush microfiber cloth. Powerizer doesn't have an official disinfectant seal. However, it does contain Sodium Percarbonate. Our formulation measures more than 6% concentration. The CDC recommends cleaning using a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide as a safer-choice alternative to bleach and for killing the novel-coronavirus. Sodium Percarbonate It is an adduct of sodium carbonate ("soda ash" or "washing soda") and hydrogen peroxide. Powerizer's formulation contains 2x more concentrated than found in the brown bottle purchased from your local drug store.
Polish and Shine
Finally, wipe all inner or exterior surfaces to remove streaks and residues by rinsing the cloth or starting with a fresh, clean cloth and plain water. Polish and buff away the detergent with plain water using a dry cloth to reveal a clean streak-free surface.
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