How to clean a dishwasher

Every so often, like twice a year or so, I like to clean my dishwasher.  Not only does this help make the machine last longer, but it also helps to clean the dishes better.  This is my simple, non-toxic method for how to clean a dishwasher with products you probably already have at home right now.

How to clean your dishwasher with two items you have at home right now.

  1. Empty all dishes, silverware, and pots and pans from the dishwasher/

  2. Remove the filter at the bottom and rinse out any material inside.

  3. Fill a container with 2 cups white distilled vinegar and put into dishwasher on top shelf.

  4. Run a regular cycle – no soap – only the bowl full of vinegar.

  5. Optional – after the vinggar cycle ends – sprinkle about 1 cup of baking soda in bottom of dishwasher and run again.

  6. Clean the outside with a damp cloth to remove any stains or finger marks while the machine is running.

Time needed: 5 Minutes


Category: Kitchen

Frequency: Quarterly or whenever inside looks dirty

Follow the 6 steps above to make the inside of your dishwasher sparkle like new.   Using the gentle cleaners like vinegar and baking soda, won’t hurt your seals or deteriorate the inner machinery of the Dishwasher.   Plus they are more natural and better for the environment.

Cleaning the Outside of your dishwasher is also easy.  There are two different ways to clean it, depending on it’s surface.  Generally I just wipe it down with a damp cloth.  If there is a tough stain, like some dried on food or dirt, I spray some Mrs. Myers cleaner on the surface, and let it sit for 30 seconds, then wipe it with the damp washcloth.

However, lots of newer appliances are made out of Stainless Steel.  In that case I use some Weiman stainless steel cleaner and wipe with a clean, dry towel to get a like new shine.

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