7 Thanksgiving Prep Tips

Source: This Old House | Repost Fadely 11/15/2023 –

Hosting your loved ones during the holiday season isn’t exactly a simple task. Take the stress out of the prep work and get your home ready for your guests with these practical tips.

1. Make Sure Your Dishwasher is in Top Shape

  • Take out the racks and scrub with mild detergent. Use a toothbrush to remove any gunk on the utensil holder. If you see exposed metal or nicks in the vinyl when cleaning your dishwasher, patch with a rubber coating like Plasti Dip ReRACK ($9.99 for a 1-oz. bottle; Amazon).
  • Remove the sprayer arm. Clean it using a cotton swab or toothpick to clear any buildup in the holes. Check the space under the arm for any food scraps.
  • Clean the filter. In newer models, this may involve some disassembly; set screws, or any other hardware in a dish while you clean. Scrub the filter and parts with a soft brush.
  • Wipe down the door gasket. Use a damp cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar, focusing on the bottom, where debris collects.
  • Run the dishwasher. empty except for a bowl filled with two cups of white vinegar in the center of the lower rack, and it will be ready to report for duty once more.

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