How to Get the Inside of Your Dishwasher Squeaky Clean

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Cleaning the dishwasher might seem like an extra chore since it already washes dishes, which is why it’s one of the grimiest kitchen appliances. Studies show that dishwashers can carry fungi, harbor slimy black yeast, and hide mildew and mold. Experts advise noticing food particles on clean dishes or lingering debris inside the machine as signs it needs cleaning. Cloudy glassware or a smelly dishwasher also call for a deep cleanse. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure your dishwasher sparkles as it should after a thorough cleaning.

Remove Parts and Clean the Seal

Maintaining a spotless kitchen includes giving your dishwasher a thorough clean-up. Begin by taking out the dishwasher’s bottom rack, filter (if removable), and the lower tray. Rinse the filter and tray, then soak them in warm water, mixed with a cup of white vinegar and a squirt of Dawn dish soap.

While the filter soaks, turn your attention to the rubber seal around the dishwasher’s door. This seal can trap grime and mold in its folds. Using a mix of hot water and vinegar along with a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush, scrub the crevices and cracks. Dry the seal thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.

Focus on the Inside

Spray the interior, including the detergent tray, spray arms, walls, door, and bottom, with a solution made of one cup of white vinegar, one cup of water, and a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap. Remove the vent cover and let it soak along with the filter. Then, clean it thoroughly by wiping the interior using a microfiber cloth, ensuring to remove any visible debris. If there’s anything stuck in the spray arms’ water holes, use a toothpick or wire to clear them.

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Once the filter has soaked, use a soft brush and warm water to clean it and the surrounding tray. Reinstall them correctly, ensuring the filter is securely locked in place. Scrub and replace the vent cover as well.

Run a Cleaning Cycle

To give your dishwasher a deep clean, pour a cup of white vinegar into a bowl on the top rack and run a lengthy, hot wash cycle. After that cycle, sprinkle about a cup of baking soda on the bottom and run another wash. The vinegar will steam clean the dishwasher, while the baking soda will work on any remaining grime.

By following these steps, you’ll now have a clean dishwasher that will ensure your utensils and dishes continue to get cleaned properly and that your machine runs well for years to come!