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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

My dishwasher is one of the hardest working things in my house (I basically run it everyday!), but it’s easy to forget that it needs a good cleaning too. When my dishwasher starts to smell, you know it's time to give it a good cleaning. With just two green ingredients you can have an Eco clean dishwasher (without using expensive dishwasher detergent).
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $2 Difficulty: Easy
As with any green-friendly cleaner, baking soda and vinegar are my go-to cleaning ingredients.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
I used white vinegar (cleaning vinegar), baking soda, and a dishwasher safe cup (not pictured).
Step 2: Put Your Cup in the Top Rack
Place your cup upright on the top shelf. I did this, because it allows the dishwasher to flood the vinegar out of the cup. This gives it a slow release as opposed to being poured out all at once. You don't have to do this, but I think it makes the cleaner work better.
Step 3: Add the Vinegar to the Cup
Fill the cup almost all the way to the top with vinegar.
Step 4: Sprinkle Baking Soda and Set Your Machine to Wash
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Then set it to the hottest setting, and let it start.
How simple was that? The smell is gone and now my dishwasher is nice and clean.

Materials I used for this project:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda (soda bi-carb)
  • Dishwasher safe cup
  • Cathwillmott
    on Dec 1, 2016

    Thanks , will do this tomorrow....

  • Donna404w
    on Dec 1, 2016

    Thank you so much.What about garbage disposal s. I have been using a fresh lemon. I cut it in quarters and put 1 quarter down the drain then turn it on for a second and the smell is great.

    • Johnlu2164
      on Dec 1, 2016

      Do the same for garbage disposals.I cut up a lemon when it's no longer usable and also orange petals they smell great.

  • Florence Geller
    Florence Geller Newtown, PA
    on Dec 1, 2016

    Sprinkle baking soda (1/2 cup) down the drain then pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drain. Will foam up. Drain is now clean.

  • Pporter100
    on Dec 1, 2016

    Take it easy vinegar in a washing machine as the acid can be hard on rubber gaskets. Use vinegar when you need to sterilize the washer, only. For general cleaning, use an all-purpose cleaner and soft cloths to protect the machine. My machine has a cycle for cleaning and I follow the manufacturer's directions as these are too handy and expensive to risk damaging.

  • Be careful about the acid content of the vinegar. It could ruin the dishwasher. My brother used to service appliances and he always warned me about using vinegar.

    • Patlewistx
      Patlewistx Conroe, TX
      on Sep 16, 2017

      Try going online armed with model number and serial number and look for manual. Contact manufacturer (?online chat) if that doesn't work. I had to do this when I moved into a new house with no manuals for anything and had great success and cooperation from the makers.

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