Dishwasher Not Cleaning Properly? 5 Quick Tips to Make it Like New

There's nothing worse than seeing gritty residue at the bottom of your drinking glass.

This is especially true if you have company at your house, it's the holidays, and your wife is the one who spotted the problem. So what's the solution?

Here are a few tips that helped us with our dishwasher's efficiency

+Use a granular dishwasher soap instead of gel

+Clean sprayer arms with picture hanging wire and a white vinegar bath

+Remove grit and reside from fine and coarse filters

+Check underneath the coarse filter for grime

+Eliminate hard water scale buildup with Lemi Shine

You can check out my post for additional tips, pictures, and a few short videos. The videos are less than 4 minutes but they take you

Time: 1 Hour Cost: $20 Difficulty: Easy

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  • Suzanne
    Suzanne Logan, UT
    Thanks for all of this from all of you! Great ideas. My dw is original to my house...'77, spray painted it white, may put stainless treatmt on front. The inside trays at bottom has plastic worn thin but plastic spray paint will cover it and stop it from
  • Allinthefamilysingers
    my dishwasher stained a yellow inside and i could not get it off I tried everything then i read to run country time lemonade through it It got every bit of the stain like new Now i do that ever so often.
  • Kareen L
    Kareen L Lubbock, TX
    I use a packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid lemonade when I run my dishwasher and never have spots or hard water buildup.
  • Marion Nesbitt
    Great tips. Sometimes I've just dumped a cup of bleach down the inside where it goes to the drain. Don't know how effective it is. These ideas sound great. Next time I'm using vinegar and baking soda like I do on my kitchen drain every so often.
  • Carol S
    Carol S Wyoming, PA
    I take my dishwasher apart when/if I notice bits of food stuck on dishes... The bottom of my dishwasher doesn't have mud like the one shown in the photo, but the plastic cover for the garbage disposal portion of the washer gets covered with strings of
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