The act of cleaning the dishwasher presents a lot like the act of cleaning the washing machine: “I wash stuff in there all the time, wouldn’t that mean it’s already clean?”
First of all, I like to think that I’m super clean and tidy. You probably do too. But even the dishwasher, the master of all kitchen automations, I compare to the inside of the shower (time to put down your sandwich): Scum is inevitable, even in basins that we consider to be “clean zones.”
Knowing the best way to clean your dishwasher is imperative for the cleanliness of your dishes, and for the efficiency in operation of the machine itself. Plus, smells. You’ve probably found the remnants of a soggy casserole noodle at the bottom of your dishwasher after running a load, or caught a whiff of something unfavorable if a few dirty plates have been . . . marinating for a few days before you start a new cycle. Sorry if I turned you off to your lunch all together.
So, let’s take 10 minutes to clean this thing, shall we?
P.S. If the outer door is stainless like mine, refer to these tips for keeping your stainless appliance clean, shiny, and fingerprint-free. And if you’re looking for new ideas for at-home kitchen cleaning products – like DIY dishwashing detergent – you’ll have to check out the videos in the new Made + Remade video gallery!