How to Clean the Dishwasher Naturally

by Angela
20 Minutes
If your clean dishes still have food stuck on them, it might be time to clean your dishwasher. Cleaning your dishwasher will help bring it back to performing at max efficiency. You can clean your dishwasher naturally with hot water, vinegar and a cleaning cloth.
Remove the bottom rack.
Remove debris around filter and remove filter cover.
Clean filter in hot soapy water.
Clean the filter drain then put cover back on and run an short cycle with 2 cups of vinegar in the bottom. Wipe down after cycle is complete.
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  • Sydney Rummel Sydney Rummel on Mar 25, 2018

    We have very hard water here. I do clean my appliances with vinegar but before I do that I use some meuratic acid. It comes in liquid form. This will take off all those stubborn lime/calcium buildup from faucets and toilet bowls. Be sure to properly vent the room. Just let it sit about 30 minuets and then scrub as usual.


    • Lora Taylor Hyatt Lora Taylor Hyatt on Dec 01, 2021

      My mom always used meuratic acid in her dishwasher because of the yellowing the water always left

  • Hilda Hilda on Nov 08, 2023

    My dishwasher’s manual says vinegar can damage the bottom

    but ok to put in a bowel on top rack