How do you clean a dishwasher? I'm not sure if it is hard water or just food particules collecting with use.....

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  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on May 23, 2012
    Lori L, the least expensive way is to put a cup of vinegar on the top rack and then run the dishwasher. If it is especially untidy, then do it again. It works.

  • Cathy S Cathy S on May 23, 2012
    I will try this tip tomorrow.

  • Karen B Karen B on May 23, 2012
    Borox. Buy a box in the laundry detergent area at store. Borox has many uses,check the back of box for ideas,says to put some borox powder right on bottom of dishwasher tub,then run load as usual.Helps w/ hard water spots.

  • Sherry L Sherry L on May 25, 2012
    A plumber told us to pour a bottle (jar) of TANG in the dishwasher. It has something in it that will eat the hard water deposit and will clean the drain really good. Tried it and it works.

  • Sharon R Sharon R on May 25, 2012
    You can use a cup of lemon juice and run a cycle w/o the detergent, I have well water and it works great and is cheap.:)

  • Alicia M Alicia M on May 25, 2012

  • Stephanie V Stephanie V on May 29, 2012
    Lemi Shine for hard water. I had the same problem and tried everything but Lemi shine worked

  • Kelly F Kelly F on May 29, 2012
    The best solution is in the grocery store aisle- Dish washer cleaner. Buy two and do it twice- clean out the gunk each time.