When your dishwasher delivers you unclean pots, bowls, and forks, it may be time to clean your dishwasher. Reclaim those lost minutes standing in front of the sink re-washing dishware by learning some DIY tricks to cleaning a dirty dishwasher. And the best part? You only need 1-3 natural ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry to get the cleanest, most fresh-smelling dishwasher in the neighborhood. Once you discover how easy it is to clean a dirty dishwasher, this may become a monthly chore you actually look forward to crossing off the To Do list!
Do These Things Every Time You Run the Dishwasher
Depending on the size of your household, the dishwasher may be one of the hardest-working appliances in the kitchen. If there are many mouths to feed in your home and lots of dirty plates and cups as a result, the dishwasher may be run daily. To help the dishwasher keep up with the busyness of life, do these two things before you hit the ‘start’ button.
- Run the garbage disposal before turning on the dishwasher.
- Check to make sure no food or debris is clogging the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher. It’s often these soggy food pieces that contribute to a smelly dishwasher or unclean dishes after a cycle.
Clean the Dishwasher with Vinegar Only
When you open the door to the dishwasher, are you greeted with built-up grime and food stains? Mom4Real blogger was fed up with the coffee marks on the inside of her dishwasher. She reads that vinegar can be safely used to clean the inside of a dishwasher and decides to test the theory for herself. She puts two cups of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup on the top rack of the dishwasher and runs it through a normal cycle. When done, the dishwasher is clean, sparkling ...and ready for a new round of dirty dishes!