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how do I clean my dishwasher?

There is a recipe of soda bleach and dishwasher soap but I don't know how much of each.

14 comments
  • HomeSpot HQ
    HomeSpot HQ Durham, NC
    on Apr 14, 2013

    A good method is to dump a couple cups of vinegar at the bottom of the dishwasher and run an empty load on the hottest setting. The vinegar should help to clean off any grime and scale.

  • Dotty Albright
    Dotty Albright Scio, OH
    on Apr 14, 2013

    Thanks, I will try this.

  • Gail Salminen
    Gail Salminen Canada
    on Apr 15, 2013

    @Dotty Albright there have been a few posts here on this subject, Here are couple I found; http://www.hometalk.com/765308/dishwasher-not... http://www.hometalk.com/477760/how-to-clean-y... Good luck and let us know what works for you.

  • Dotty Albright
    Dotty Albright Scio, OH
    on Apr 15, 2013

    These are all interesting---will defiantly try this.

  • Dria @ Dio
    Dria @ Dio Boston, MA
    on Apr 15, 2013

    I use vinegar like HomeSpot HQ suggested, but I also use a paperclip and clean each little hole on the arms of the sprayers (the stuff that comes out of those is nasty).

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Apr 21, 2013

    There is a lint trap some where in your Dishwasher clean it. It should lift out unless itis stopped up. Then you will need to carefully get it out. Also I went to the manufactures installation and guide lines page and vinegar like Homespot is what you use to clean it. Wipe down the sides and if you have a gasket with gentle dish soap. It mildews. Don't use anything like bleach or anything harsh.

  • Susan
    Susan Elkton, FL
    on Apr 25, 2013

    Make sure the water is hot before the dishwasher starts. It helps it to start off that way.

  • Lori C
    Lori C Pataskala, OH
    on Jun 16, 2013

    using white vinegar in the rinse dispenser instead of those commercial products,...saves money and removes spots!

  • Gjhocott
    Gjhocott Bullhead City, AZ
    on Dec 18, 2014

    ok all have been useful ,I had all troubles above & tried everything,vinegar is the right answer

  • Vicki Shold
    Vicki Shold Hondo, TX
    on Jun 4, 2015

    vinegar and run it with no dishes

  • Vicki Shold
    Vicki Shold Hondo, TX
    on Jun 4, 2015

    I even use vinegar in my he washer in the fabric softener area. if towels or clothing are mildewy, I put it inside also, and it doesn't smell like vinegar afterwards

  • Carol
    Carol Sun City, AZ
    on Sep 12, 2015

    I fill a glass 2 C measuring cup with white vinegar. Sit it securely on the top rack and then run a cycle. (turn off the heat dry). You will not believe your eyes when you open that door. ;) !!

  • Sandra Miller
    Sandra Miller Macon, MS
    on Sep 13, 2015

    I have tried everything to clean the inside of my dishwasher short of using a steel wool to cleanoff the crud. I talked to my appliance repair man and he asked what DW detergent do I use? He recommended using the Cascade Premium that come in packets. I did and using the hottest water possible I ran a cycle it became shiny clean - looked like new!

  • Teresa - We Speak DIY
    Teresa - We Speak DIY Peoria, AZ
    on Dec 14, 2016

    Hi Dotty! You'd be amazed at the stuff that gets trapped in the dishwasher drain! Here's my post on cleaning your dishwasher - not only will it look great...it will help the performance! http://wespeakdiy.com/clean-dishwasher/

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