Quick Tips: How to Clean Your Dishwasher

How to clean a dishwasher in a few easy steps.

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!

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Step 1

Start by filling a spray bottle with a cup of white vinegar.

Step 2

 Open GalleryCleaning the inside of a dishwasher using vinegar and elbow grease.With your dishwasher completely empty (I know – how often does this happen?), slide the racks out, and disconnect them from the tracks. Use the spray bottle and a dry rag to give the visible interior a wipe-down. Remember to reach up to the ceiling, and clean any top-mounted sprayers as well.

Step 3

 Open GalleryClean around your dishwasher drain using a toothbrush and vinegar.With the drawers still extracted, spray the vinegar to clean around the base of the main drain as well. Use a toothbrush to get in between the holes in the drain.

Step 4

 Open GalleryClean the silverware holders in your dishwasher.Finish by spraying and wiping down the racks using the vinegar and a sponge, and cleaning the rubber seals around the edges of the door, and the silverware holders, which are both notorious for capturing crumbs and getting a little icky.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of White Vinegar

Tools

  • Spray Bottle
  • Toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Rag
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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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  1. filanddell says:

    Totally doABLE next time it's empty!

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