How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Your dishwater is an appliance that works very hard so you don’t have to. You need to show it a little love every now and again, especially if you want it to keep churning out sparkling silverware.

Your dishwasher can get pretty dirty. All that water can become a breeding ground for grime and germs. Here are a few steps to make sure your dishwater stays nice and clean.

What Do I Need?

You will need the following household items to give your dishwasher a thorough clean:

  • Toothpicks
  • Toothbrush
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • A Cloth
  • Water or cleaning liquid

Step 1 – Empty

After your most recent rinse cycle, don’t just remove the dishes. Be sure to take out the racks, baskets, and trays too. Pop these into warm soapy water and let them soak for several hours before rinsing.

Step 2 – Check and Clean

Check inside the dishwasher to ensure all the holes that the water exits from are blockage free. If you find any water build-up, use toothpicks and a toothbrush to scrape it clean. You’ll want to clean the bottom of the door with water, as steam and heat can make this place a magnet for dirt. For the remainder of the dishwasher, be sure to remove any debris that has built up. For caked-on messes, create a paste out of baking soda and water, producing a mildly abrasive cleanser. Use an old toothbrush to scrub around the drain and filter. Finally, rinse with warm water.

Step 3 – Seal and Exterior

Use your cloth to wipe around the seal with a combination of white vinegar and lemon juice. You can use the toothbrush for hard to reach areas. Again, remember to rinse afterward. Wipe the exterior and buttons with a clean cloth.

Step 4 – Run Dishwasher

Next, run an empty cycle to clean inside the dishwasher and remove any hard water. Instead of dishwashing liquid, place 2 cups of white vinegar into the bottom of your machine. Opt for a heavy clean cycle on the hottest setting. Halfway through the cycle, stop for 25 minutes to allow the vinegar to soak and remove any tough spots. Finally, finish the dishwashing cycle.

By completing handy cleaning routine every few months, you’ll notice a clear difference. With this helpful guide, you’ll extend the life of your dishwasher and have sparkling dishes!