How To Clean Your Dishwasher – The Easiest Way

Yes, you need to sanitize & sterilize your dishwasher too!

how to clean dishwasher

In theory, your dishwasher should be constantly cleaning itself — but sadly, it isn’t. Over time, bits of food, grease, undissolved detergent, and water minerals build up on the dishwasher’s filter and interior walls. 

Along with an unpleasant odor and look, this gunk can actually leave spots and film on your glassware, dinnerware, and flatware.

How Often Do I Have To Clean My Dishwasher?

You don’t have to spend all your free time cleaning the machine, just do a deep clean including a wash and drain trap scrub once a month. You should wipe down the panel and controls once a week. That said, if you notice that the dishwasher is smelly, moldy, or not cleaning as well as it normally does, then you better start cleaning it at once.

Do These Two Things Every Time You Run Your Dishwasher

  1. The disposal drainage is usually linked to the dishwasher, so keep the disposal clear to help keep your dishwasher clean.
  2. It’s critical to keep the drain beneath the lower rack clear. When you unload your clean dishes, always check to see if any large food particles settled there, and remove them so they don’t rot and contribute to smells or clog drainage.


how to clean dishwasher

Weekly – With a damp sponge or cloth, wipe away any residue and spots that may have splashed or settled onto the interior surface of the door edges, handle, or dishwasher controls.

Weekly – Inspect the strainer on the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher. If possible, remove the strainer—you may be shocked at what is trapped underneath. Remove any trapped elements. Dip the old toothbrush in some vinegar and give every nook and cranny a good scrub.

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Monthly - Add a Cup of White Vinegar

Every month, fill a dishwasher-safe mug two-thirds full with white vinegar, and place on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Run the dishwasher on the normal cycle with hot water for extra sterilization. The vinegar loosens soap scum, food particles, and grease from the dishwasher’s walls and racks and washes down the drain.

When the first cycle is finished, sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the inside floor of the dishwasher. Run a short, hot water rinse cycle (skip the drying cycle) and then open the dishwasher door to allow the interior to air dry. The vinegar will strip away any grease build-up and the baking soda will remove lingering odors.

Cleaning the Outside Of the Dishwasher

How you clean the outside of your dishwasher depends on the style and finish. If it has buttons or dials on the front, take time to clean around them every month. Use an old toothbrush and a liquid hand-washing detergent to remove any build-up that might cause them to malfunction. 

If the exterior door is made of plastic or painted metal, use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth or sponge to remove any splatters on the face and handle of the dishwasher. Finish by rinsing the dishwasher with a cloth dipped in plain water and buff dry with a soft cloth.

For a stainless steel door, it is best to use a stainless steel cleaning product and a microfiber cloth. 

Another option is to wipe the front of the dishwasher with a solution of mild dishwashing soap mixed with water, followed by a drop of olive oil or baby oil on a microfiber cloth to remove any streaks.

Recommended Products:
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Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
DII Terry Dishcloths
Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner
Lucy's White Vinegar
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