Although a dishwasher is an effective tool to clean dishes, what actually keeps it clean? Whether you have hard water or simply want to keep it clean, it’s important to clean it periodically. The good news is that this isn’t all that hard though. Below you will find 7 effective dishwasher cleaning hacks and tips.
How to Clean the Inside of Your Dishwasher
We like to use dishwashers because they do a great job of cleaning dishes, but they do occasionally need to be cleaned too. These dishwasher hacks will keep your dishwasher looking great and working well for years to come. Use these tips along with your normal dishwasher maintenance and you’ll be good to go.
1. Run a Cycle With White Vinegar
This is a great option if you have hard water and your dishwasher builds up mineral deposits. Vinegar is a great cleaner that’s both natural and effective. Chances are, you probably have some in your home.
The next time your dishwasher starts to smell a little musty, put a glass measuring cup with two cups of white vinegar on the top rack.
Run the dishwasher a complete cycle without adding any dishes or detergent. The vinegar will remove trapped particles, mineral buildup, and detergent residue so your dishwasher will once again look like new!
Use this periodically or once every few weeks for a great clean.
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2. Baking Soda to Clean a Smelly Dishwasher
Baking soda is a great material to clean effectively and also deodorize naturally. If you feel like your dishwasher is starting to smell, then baking soda is probably your best option.
Before you use this option though, you should probably make sure that you clean the dishwasher by hand.
Remove the racks and remove any gunk or food residue in the dishwasher. If the drain can be removed, make sure that you clean it thoroughly before moving forward.
Measure one cup of baking soda and then sprinkle it across the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short cycle on the hottest water setting possible. The dishwasher will be fresh-smelling and have a bright interior.
There’s no need to run another cycle- you can start using the dishwasher like normal.
Another way to give a nice smell to your dishwasher is by placing one lemon peel in the basket cutlery.
3. Use a Steam Cleaner
This unconventional method is incredibly effective for built-up food and debris that hasn’t been removed with these other methods. If you have a steam cleaner on hand, start it up with plenty of water.
After preheating, use the steam cleaner to get inside the dishwasher. Focus on cleaning the corners and hinges as well as the tracks and sprayer holes. Use the brush attachment on the steamer to remove buildup, making sure that it won’t scratch the machine. You can also use the steam cleaner along with an old toothbrush to reach any tight areas.
You can use the steam cleaner by itself, but it’s also a good idea to use a multi-purpose spray to get a deeper clean. After you’re done with the steam cleaner, run a short cycle to rinse out the dishwasher and you’ll be ready to go!
4. Try Bar Keepers Friend
You may have heard of this cleaning solution and with good reason. It’s known as a cleaner and polish that is both gentle and effective. It’s also a great solution to use when you haven’t had luck with other cleaning options.
Remove the racks from the dishwasher and spray the inside with water. Sprinkle on the cleaning solution. Let the solution sit for about a minute and then use a sponge to scrub it in. Focus on any areas that appear dirty or stained.
After you’re done, wipe up any excess fluid and run a short rinse cycle. You can then use your dishwasher as normal.
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5. Try a Bleach Rinse (not for stainless steel interior)
If you have problems with mold or milder, then your final solution is to try adding bleach. This is very effective for mold and milder but won’t be as effective for other problems. Use a half cup of bleach in a glass container and place it in the top half of the dishwasher.
Run the cycle with no other dishes. If you still smell bleach strongly, you may want to run another cycle of just water. This will remove any bacteria effectively. However, don’t use bleach if you have a stainless steel dishwasher as it may cause damage.
6. Cutlery Basket
If the cutlery basket has food remains the best thing is to soak it in hot soapy water (it could be inside a bucket or in the sink with the cap on). Leave it overnight and if is still dirty the next day use a toothbrush to get rid of the dirt.
7. Clean the Filter
If you have a smelly dishwasher it could be due to the accumulation of rotten food in the filter. To prevent bad odor, remove and wash the filter regularly. Use washing-up liquid and a brush to clean it. Rinse and put back in place.
It is also a good practice to leave the door open after use, to ventilate the inside of the dishwasher, and prevent excessive humidity.
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These are effective cleaning hacks for your dishwasher that will eliminate the bad smell, limescale, dirt, and overall will help your dishwasher have a longer life.
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