Does Cleaning Your Dishwasher with Kool-Aid Really Work?

How to clean your dishwasher with kool aid - does it really work?

We're wrapping up the “Does It Work?” Challenge with a suburban legend. For years I've heard that you can use powdered lemonade mix to clean the rust stains out of your dishwasher. So, in honor of cleaning and organization month, we're putting the powder to the test to answer the burning question, does it work?

This dishwasher came with the house. And so did the rust stains. To be honest, they didn't really bother me all that much. I mean, who's checking out the inside of your dishwasher? But if all it takes is a 20 cent packet of Kool-Aid, then what do I have to lose? Stains, I hope.

dishwasher rust stains

So, I ran the empty dishwasher with a packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid. It's the only flavor that you can use, because it's the citric acid that allegedly cleans the stains. Well, guess what?

using kool aid to clean dishwasher - does it work?

I'd show an after picture, but it looked exactly like the before.

Now I was determined to get rid of the stains that hadn't troubled me one bit until I started this process. I turned to my secret weapon

Bar Keepers friend - the most effective way to clean your dishwasher

No lie, it came right off. You can see my sudsy residue on the edge because I was moving lightning fast. If you're looking for a better way to clean your dishwasher, Bar Keeper's Friend is definitely the way to go.

clean dishwasher interior

So, I was kind of bummed that the much-hyped lemonade mix trick didn't work for me, but maybe my stains were too set in. Have you had luck with it?

If you missed any other parts of the “Does It Work?” Challenge, you can see them all here:

And if you have any ideas for future editions of the Challenge, I'd love to hear 'em in the comments.