But in a new twist, hundreds of mums have taken the viral hack to a new level - claiming that if you use four dishwashing tablets on a hot cycle, you’ll get the best results by far.
Said Facebook user: ‘I tried one dishwashing tablet and the water that I collected in a bucket from my machine wasn’t too dirty. But then, after reading other posts where people had used four dishwashing tablets I tried that and WOW. The water was almost black, I couldn’t believe it. I am so doing this every fortnight, massive results!’
Other converts have also inundated the hugely popular Mums Who Clean Facebook group to share their amazing results from using four dishwashing tablets - not one.
Said follower Stacey: ‘Wow! 4 tablets and a sanitary wash on 95° this is amazing!’
Said member Jenny: ‘IAM EXCITED!! I followed the lady who was following the lady who put 4 dishwasher tablets in the washing machine. This is the second rinse of water. No wonder everything’s been smelling musty 🤮’She adds: ‘I have a front loader, this works in top or front. 4 tablets (I used the standard cheap Woolworths brand ones). Hottest cycle (mine was 95degrees for 1.5hrs)’
Another member Lauren showed off the super black water produced after using the four dishwashing tablets - and says this was just three weeks after cleaning it with a specialist product.
She writes: ‘Someone suggested on here yesterday that they put 4 dishwasher tablets in their washing machine and run the hottest cycle to clean their machine. Thought I’d try it out. I’ve put 2 of those pine o cleen washing machine cleaners through it recently too!’