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A CLEANING fanatic has been brutally slammed after sharing a hack for making your silverware sparkle in the dishwasher.

TikTok is home to what feels like a never-ending stream of cleaning tips and tricks – and one of those regularly sharing her top ones is social media user Anna.

The whizz, whose profile, @anna_louisa_at_home, has won over 760k followers, recently posted another hack for making your cutlery shine and remove any stains.

The video, which has been viewed more than 10.5million times, sees the cleaning fanatic scrunch up a little sheet of kitchen foil before chucking it into her dishswasher.

According to the pro, who placed it inside the flatware basket, the silver spoons, forks and knives came out as good as new.

But whilst it may work wonders for your cutlery, experts – and fellow social media users – have strongly advised against following this cleaning method.

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Appliance pros at RGB Direct said: "The hack itself has seen some great successes and has proven to be a great one as the foil will be tarnished through the rinse cycle and come out brown, this means that the tarnish on the silverware will be lifted.

"However, by adding it to your dishwasher it can actually cause more harm than good by scratching the interior particularly if the foil is scrunched up or folded in a way that creates sharp edges,'' they added, chatting to The Daily Mirror.

"It can also clog the drainage system if the foil rips apart potentially damaging the dishwasher's pump or if the foil comes into contact with the heating element or other electrical components of your dishwasher, it can cause a short circuit or other electrical damage.

Given the average cost of repairing and fixing the dishwasher can set you back by a staggering £165, this is something you may want to avoid, the experts advised.

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One social media also hit back at Anna, writing: ''No aluminum in such high temperatures.''

Someone else chimed in: ''and then it doesn't work.''


Instead, the appliance pros have shared other alternatives to consider – and they're all under a quid.

Firstly, for instance, you could add a cup of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher – this will remove any build-up in both the machine, as well as dishes and cutlery.

Another trick they swear by is baking soda, which is believed deodorise the dishwasher and neutralise any unpleasant odours.

In a similar way, a few tablespoons of lemon juice should also do the trick, the experts added.

Cleaning hacks and tips

Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:

  • How to clean your washing machine in a few easy steps
  • Keep on top of cleaning your oven regularly
  •  Clean your shower to ensure it's always sparkling
  • How to clean your microwave using cheap household items
  • Here's how to get rid of that nasty limescale in your kettle
  • You're cleaning your carpet all wrong – here's how to get it spotless again in no time
  • Unblock a toilet without a plunger
  • Clean your fabric or leather sofa in a few easy steps
  • If you haven't cleaned your mattress in ages, here's how
  • Steps to cleaning your dishwasher to leave it looking brand new
  • This is how to clean mirrors and windows without streaking
  • Keep your toilet clean in four easy steps
  • Give your TV screen a once-over
  • Did you know your Venetian, Roman, vertical, or roller blinds also need cleaning?
  • Deep-clean your fridge in five simple steps

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