How to Clean a Dishwasher

Posted On: May 26, 2017
Ho to Clean a Dishwasher

The dishwasher is the one appliance you might think is the cleanest in your kitchen. After all, cleaning is its function. However, much like any other appliance, it can pick up dirt and debris over time that impacts how well it works.

With that in mind, here are a few steps to clean a dishwasher:

  1. Take out the bottom rack so you can clean the drain area. This is a spot where debris can gather and cause problems, including less than ideal draining and nasty smells. This step is important too, because leaving this debris in place can damage the appliance and cause unnecessary repair bills.
  2. Get a dishwasher safe container of some type. Usually a medium sized leftover container will do the trick here. Put one cup of white vinegar in it and run the dishwasher through a hot water cycle. When complete, your dishwasher will be free of grease and grime and those less than appealing odors will be history. An alternative to vinegar is using a package of unsweetened lemonade mix instead. Make sure that it’s not a flavored option as that might leave stains you don’t want.
  3. Get a cup of baking soda and sprinkle it around the interior bottom of the dishwasher and run it through a short, hot water cycle. This helps take care of any stains. The power of baking soda also helps your dishwasher smell fresh.

Other Suggestions

If you have a newer dishwasher, chances are good that you have a filter system in it. Consumer Reports suggests removing that and cleaning it once a week to keep it running smoothly.

While it might seem like a good idea to rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, this can be detrimental. Newer models can scan the load to see how well it’s doing. If you rinse off your dishes that can lead to a load that isn’t as clean because the appliance will not see the dirt and grime.

If you get tempted to use bleach to clean your dishwasher, take note of whether you have stainless steel inside. If you do, avoid the bleach because it doesn’t mix well with stainless steel.

These simple steps should keep your dishwasher looking and smelling great. More importantly, it will continue working the right way a little bit longer.

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