How to Thoroughly Clean a Dishwasher in Three Easy Steps

Having a reliable dishwasher can be extremely helpful, especially if you have a large family or dinner guests. Even though their main purpose is to wash dishes, dishwashers still need to be hand-cleaned regularly in order to continue functioning optimally. Read on to learn a few tricks for a simple and thorough cleaning process!

A super clean, loaded dishwasher
Three-Step Dishwasher Cleaning

There are telltale signs that a washer needs to be cleaned. Its efficiency in cleaning dishes will be lowered and it could develop an unpleasant smell. If done regularly, the cleaning process can be over in under ten minutes of following three simple steps:

  • Put dishwashing salt into the funnel. It’s available in every store and will also allow you to clean the dishes at the same time!
  • Sprinkle one cup of baking powder on the base and set the appliance to run on the hot cycle. The alkaline properties of the baking powder will break apart residue and help remove bad odors.
  • Clean the trap and filter by hand because these parts of the appliance could catch a lot of debris such as food particles. The bottom rack and filter can be unscrewed and removed for washing. A tablespoon of baking soda and a couple of tablespoons of vinegar will loosen obstructions.

washing dishwasher parts in the sink
Vinegar Is Everyone’s Friend

Pour a cup of vinegar into any container that can be washed in the dishwasher and place it on the top rack. When you switch the appliance on, the vinegar will pour out, coat different surfaces, and clean them. Hot vinegar can loosen different types of grime and make cleaning up the inside of the appliance with a sponge much easier.

A bottle of vinegar
What Not to Do

Many dishwashers have stainless steel interiors. Unless you are certain that the interior of your dishwasher is lined with plastic, don’t use bleach for its cleanup! Bleach can end up damaging the stainless steel. It’s best to avoid bleach in order to keep your appliance in prime condition for as long as possible.

A "No Bleach" sign