Why you should put a ball of aluminum foil in the dishwasher every time you wash

The dishwasher instruction manuals tell us that we only need to put a little detergent and a little rinse aid in the drawer of the appliance, to obtain maximum cleanliness.


But what the manufacturer says is one thing, and what the popular wisdom recommends is quite another. That sometimes it works, and sometimes not so much…


Tiktoker Carolina McCauley proposes a cleaning hack for the dishwasher that has gone viral on the popular social network, and apparently many people use it: put a ball of aluminum foil in the dishwasher. What is it for?


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Aluminum foil doesn’t have any cleaning properties, and it’s not like it moves around the dishwasher, cleaning up messes.

According to this tiktoker, the trick is indicated for when the cutlery has stains that the detergent does not remove, they have lost their color, or they are scratched. Works especially well with silver cutlery.

If that’s the case, all you have to do is take a piece of aluminum foil, and crush it into a ball. Then we put it in the cutlery drawer. You can see it in this video:

When the normal wash cycle is finished, the cutlery will come out shiny and scratch-free

Apparently there is a scientific explanation behind, according to Reader’s Digest. The chemical components of the detergent react with the chemical components of the aluminum, when mixed with water, producing an oxidation that leaves the cutlery shiny, and eliminates scratches.

We have not tested, but seems to work for a lot of people. If you want to put it into practice, it is simple to carry out, does not require time and is very cheap.