Asked on Dec 22, 2018

How do I get a disgusting smell out of my dishwasher?

Annette Martin TurnerKaren TokarseWilliam


I have tried every fix I know of i.e., running a cycle with vinegar, or baking soda, and cleaning out the base of the machine, and using the bottled cleaner and STILL I have a smell. It's OK after a cleaning but soon the smell gets so bad a person could gag from it - actually my grandson did!

6 answers
  • Bishop J
    on Dec 22, 2018

    First, clean your filter/screen, get rid of all old food and slime thats stuck to it. Then run a cup of Clorox through it.

  • Joy30150932
    on Dec 22, 2018

    Is it possible you have something stuck in your drainage line? Check the trap. Try a cycle with both the vinegar and baking soda to get the fizz to see if you can dislodge whatever is causing the problem.

  • Oliva
    on Dec 22, 2018

    Did you check the hose to make sure it's draining, properly, and not kinked?

  • William
    on Dec 23, 2018

    Make sure the drain hose didn't drop and create a spot for food products to settle and decompose.Also check the filter screen.

  • Karen Tokarse
    on Dec 23, 2018

    After you have tried all of the above, put a bowl of spent coffee grounds in the unit. Close door and leave up to a day. Bad smells should disappear.

  • Annette Martin Turner
    on Dec 24, 2018

    Orange Koolaid or Tang in the spot for detergent and run thru a cycle

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