How to Clean Your Dishwasher

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Use this simple three-step guide to easily and properly clean your dishwasher.

By: Jennifer Lifford

Many people don’t think about cleaning their dishwasher. However, it’s something that should be done regularly to prolong its life. Try this three-step guide and use these tips to keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly for years to come.

1. Soak the Racks
Remove the racks and utensil holder once a month and soak them in the sink with water, dish soap and 1-2 cups of vinegar.

While the racks are out, look around the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher to make sure that no food particles have accumulated. Clean away any debris with a paper towel. Check the spinning arms to make sure all of the holes are open so water can run through them freely. Use tweezers or a toothpick to remove any gunk.



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2. Wipe Down the Interior
Rub down the edges of the door and around the gasket regularly using water and dish soap on a microfiber cloth. These spaces don't actually get washed during the dishwasher cycle, so it’s easy for grime to accumulate. Use a toothbrush to get into all of the tiny, hard-to-reach little areas. Don’t forget to clean the rubber plug at the bottom of the dishwasher, too.

3. Remove Hard Water Deposits

  1. Place 1-2 cups of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher or 1 cup in a glass on the top rack of your dishwasher.
  2. Run the dishwasher through a complete cycle on the hottest wash possible, with no other items in the dishwasher.
  3. Pause the cycle approximately 1/2 way through and allow the vinegar to sit overnight.
  4. The next morning, complete the cycle and dry the interior with a cloth.

Before running the dishwasher, turn on your garbage disposal and run hot water through it to clear out any excess grease and clean out the pipes.

It’s important to take care of the dishwasher — it saves you so much time, so why not show it a little love in return? With regular cleanings, you can get rid of odors and ensure your dishes come out sparkling after every wash.

Jennifer is the author of the blog Clean & Scentsible, where she shares her passion for organizing, crafting and home décor. She is a mom of two boys and enjoys coming up with fun activities to celebrate the holidays and everyday life with her family.

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This would be nicer and more effective if it included information about how to get the detergent residue off the detergent cup, side and tubfloor of the dishwasher. This as only started happening recently, say within the last 2 to 3 years. We've used Cascade for decades, but it has never acted like this before.

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Since when I did buy a dishwasher, many years ago, I was used to rinsing my dishes prior to washing them by hand. So, I just continued doing that, I rinse the dishes prior to putting them into the dishwasher, you do not have to use hot, hot water, warm will do it. Then, no debrison the bottom or sides of the dishwasher. I do buy a dishwasher cleaner and use about every two months and use that on the hottest cycle with no dishes in the dishwasher.

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You've got to be kidding me. The dishwasher is the closest we get to sterile. Taking racks out is ludicrous. Do you know a current theory of disease is that there so many autoimmune diseases because our bodies have nothing left to attack?

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Vinegar the wonder cleaner. Mix it 50/50 with window cleaner, use a 1/2 c as fabric softener in washer, it doesn't leave a odor in the clothes. My brushed chrome stove only get cleaned with vinegar. Pour it on let it sit about a minute, use kitchen towel to wipe off. It polishes the surface and it take off the cooking grease without soap/degreaser. Use a 1/2 c vinegar in a gallon of hot water to clean tiled floors.

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