How to Clean your Dishwasher

It might sound a bit contradictory, but a dishwasher needs to be cleaned too. Over the years a lot of dirt and tiny bits of food can cling together in the corners of a dishwasher. It not only looks bad, but it can also create unpleasant odors.

How to clean dishwasher – simple instructions

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Step 1: check the drain

It’s no surprise that the drain can get clogged up very easily. Check to see if there is dirt blocking the drain.

Step 2: clean the dishwasher inside

Empty your dishwasher and place a cup of white vinegar inside (make sure the cup is dishwasher safe). Set your machine to the hottest water temperature possible, and let it run through a cycle.

The vinegar will sanitize the inside of the machine and  remove nasty smells.

Step 3: removing stains.

If you’ve made it this far, you’ll notice that your dishwasher will look much cleaner now. But there’s one more thing we can do to clean it even better.

Sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the machine and let it run through a short cycle. The baking soda freshens the smell of the dishwasher as well as brighten up the look of the inside by removing stains.

Make own scrubbing cleanser with:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Dawn dish detergent
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar

The dishwasher shares a drain with the kitchen sink, so if you have a garbage disposal, run it before washing the dishes to ensure that the drain is clear.

Those are some of the simplest solutions if your dishwasher is leaving grime on the dishes, or not smelling so fresh. Have you found other good practices for keeping that precious dishwasher running well?

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