Get­ting rid of foul dish­washer smells

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - ADVICE - HINTS FROM HELOISE

DEAR HELOISE: I just opened my dish­washer, and it had an aw­ful odor. How can I get rid of it?

— Diana from South Dakota

DEAR DIANA: With so much use, this hap­pens of­ten. Here’s how to re­move a bad odor from a dish­washer:

Your dish­washer can be cleaned with house­hold vine­gar or cit­ric acid pow­der. Pour a gal­lon of vine­gar into the bot­tom. Al­low it to sit for an hour. Then run the dish­washer through a com­plete cy­cle. Or add 1/2 cup of cit­ric acid pow­der in­side and run the dish­washer through a cy­cle. It also will help to get rid of hard wa­ter buildup.

If an un­pleas­ant odor still re­mains, check the drain hose to see if it’s crimped.

Then check the bot­tom of the ma­chine and the fil­ter for gunk or bits of food. And af­ter check­ing all this, if the odor is still strong, call a plumber be­cause it could be a plumb­ing prob­lem that needs to be dealt with ASAP.

DEAR HELOISE: I am a be­gin­ning cook, and it some­times seems dif­fi­cult or con­fus­ing. How can I make it eas­ier?

— Susie from New York

DEAR SUSIE: First, take a deep breath and get or­ga­nized. Get out the recipe you are go­ing to use and read it care­fully. Then put out all the pots, pans, mea­sur­ing spoons and equip­ment that you will need to make the recipe. Next se­lect all the in­gre­di­ents you will need and place them on the counter. As you add each in­gre­di­ent into the mixer, put it back into the cup­board or re­frig­er­a­tor. That way, you will know that you have added it to the recipe if you are in­ter­rupted.

DEAR HELOISE: My small kids some­times get bored at their birth­day par­ties. I need a new fun idea to keep them en­gaged.

— Emily from New Jersey

DEAR EMILY: Make a “Magic Drink.” First, freeze a bag of small choco­late chips for about 30 min­utes. Give each child a tall glass and fill it with lemon­lime soda. Have each child grab a hand­ful of the chilly choco­late chips to drop into their glasses. It will be a sur­prise be­cause the chips will bounce around and make that glass a fun thing to watch!

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