Don't let your dishwasher get gunked up. Learn how to clean your dishwasher in a few simple steps with items you already have in your pantry!
We are currently renting the house we are in and it is wonderful. The thing is some of the appliances have been used before and I want to make sure they are all clean and in great shape. Even if you don't rent learning how to clean your dishwasher is a must. It helps it stay in tip-top shape and running smoothly so you don't have any unexpected breakdowns.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher
Step 1 - Check the Drain
Make sure your dishwasher is empty and pull out the bottom rack. Make sure your drain is free from debris. It can get easily clogged with little bits of food, bones, shells, etc.
Step 2 - Vinegar is Your Friend
Place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher and run it on the longest and hottest cycle. The Vinegar will help wash away grease, grime, sanitize and even make your dishwasher smell better. The dishwasher should be empty except for the vinegar cup.
Step 3 - Baking Soda
After the vinegar cycle is done your dishwasher should already be looking much better. Sprinkle some baking soda around the bottom of your dishwasher and run it on a short cycle using hot water. This will clean your dishwasher further, deodorize, and help remove any left over stains.
Step 4 - Bleach (Stubborn Jobs) - Optional
If your dishwasher has a mold or mildew problem or is just questionable looking after the above. add 1/2 - 1 cup of bleach to the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle. This will kill the mold and sanitize your dishwasher.
*WARNING* Do not use bleach in your dishwasher if it has a stainless steel interior. Bleach can corrode stainless steel.
After you have taken these steps your dishwasher will be clean, fresh, and run like it is brand new. This will eliminate many issues with your dishes not cleaning well. It will also help keep those repair bills at bay.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your dishwasher in tip top shape!
- Before you start your dishwasher run your garbage disposal if you have one. The dishwasher drains into the same pipe as your sink and this helps it drain properly.
- Run the water in your sink until it feels hot before you start your dishwasher. You will get cleaner dishes if the water starts hot.
- Check your hot water heater. It should be set to around 120F (50C). Water that is cooler than this won’t clean as effectively, and hotter water could scald someone accidentally!
- Load your dishwasher properly. An over crowded dishwasher or one that isn't packed properly won't clean correctly.
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