The Crazy Suburban Mom: I give Affresh a dishwasher full of clean, fresh smelling dishes up!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I give Affresh a dishwasher full of clean, fresh smelling dishes up!

A year ago March I called my dishwasher ratty and old  in a post about cleaning it with a cocktail of bleach, vinegar and Astronaut Juice.  It was an involved three-wash process; the ultimate verdict being it smelled better once with no lasting benefit.

 That my dishwasher doesn't work well continues to haunt me, but I also noticed my garbage disposal reeks, road kill lives inside my washing machine, and my bathroom sinks keep brackishly backing up but -  Why?   I've put enough drain cleaner down them to melt the polar caps.

Recently, Mom Central asked if I wanted to try Affresh because  "All brands of dishwashers and garbage disposals have the potential for odor if not properly cleaned especially when dishes sit in the dishwasher for multiple days or when food particles are not completely rinsed away."

I started thinking about that "not rinsing away part', got a wrench, and began to take off the bendy pipes under the bathroom sinks.

Oh, yes I did.

I took apart the bathroom plumbing because I can't disconnect the garbage disposal and Affresh cleans what "I can't get to in the pipes and hoses, etc".  I wanted to sort of see what it was up against - Plus I figured, it's just a test - What could be going on in the bathroom?  It's not like I clean chickens or throw three day old mac and cheese down  those sinks.

Reckoned I'd  find some  toothpaste cement and a hair, or two.  And also the plumbings interconnected; cleaning one pipe will help another plus, How gross could it be, I figured.


You. Have. No. Idea.  As bad as this looks the smell is ten thousand times worse - I can't even make a joke. There are no words for...


This cacophony of  feculence

And I know these are a little blurry, but taking that picture was challenging - It took all I had not to keel over from the smell.  Every sink was this bad.

And yet after facing the belly of the beast there was still no improvement in the dishes.  Is there no justice?

I was all but begging to try AFFRESH.

... and Mom Central was merciful.  Besides the issue of my dishwasher being a year past old and ratty, it's not souped up.  The directions say to use the heaviest cycle with hot water and since I don't have a heavy cycle I turned my water heater up.

Affresh is very easy to use; it's all up to my dishwasher. Which is a nice change because mine normally does, well pretty much nothing.

 I think using very hot water compensated for my dishwashers lack of anything but a putt-putt cycle because   the dishwasher smelled like oranges days after using Affresh.

 And the dishes are cleaner now.  I don't know how many times I've said, Pre-wash or you'll be eating yesterday's dinner, to my family.  Gross, right?   It's better after using Affresh but I think I'll keep that  to myself.

It's fun watching my kid do dishes, he hates it so. 

 The garbage disposal didn't keep the citrus smell as long but it's got a neutral smell now and neutral is as good as a garbage disposal gets most days so I'm fine with that.

I give Affresh a dishwasher full of clean, fresh smelling dishes up!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of affresh and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


More Milestones 6/21/11, 1:45 PM  

Thanks for the tip. I'll be trying this.

~Mona : )

Lynette 6/21/11, 2:53 PM  

Well a lil easier but backwards here. No dishwasher but my own two hands. The best garbage disposal is my 5 dogs who are happy to Pre-rinse the dinner dishes, so to speak. But there is no way your getting me under my sink to open up those pipes. I will take your word for it!

Anonymous,  6/21/11, 6:26 PM  

How propitious - I read a review of this product on some other blog quite a while back and forgot to take note of the product name and I've been trying to remember - I totally need some of this stuff for my disposal and my washing machine. I've added to my shopping list, luckily a store near by carries it (supposedly). I hope it works!

lee 6/21/11, 6:26 PM  

what can be done for a stinking washing machine? the clothes come out clean and fresh, but the machine itself stinks if it's empty. i ran a load with vinegar in it, it didn't help!

Tara Beaulieu 6/21/11, 6:30 PM  

OMG, husbundo cleaned out the bathroom sink pipes a while back and he literally ran with the elbow piece -wretching the entire time- out of the house with it and shoved the outdoor hose into it and cleaned it out there. A trail of noxious sulphuric, rot and stench lagged behind him. He must have continued to gag for an hour while he finished all the cleaning, clearing, reassembling etc. It was horrific. Absolutely horrific.

This affresh stuff sounds like a dream!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 6/21/11, 7:13 PM  

Mona - Give it a try for sure - it's great :)

Lynette, I wouldn't recommend doing the pipes - hire someone with a strong stomach :)

Grace - Yes, there is a product for the washer too!

Lee, yes! They make it something for the washing machine too, just follow the link.

Tara - I sent you an email. :)

Lin 6/22/11, 9:04 PM  

Mine is the sink. It smells on humid days. BLECH!

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