How to clean a dishwasher in 4 steps


Cleaning a dishwasher isn’t the kind of task that you often add to your weekly to-do list, but it’s well worth doing if you want to save yourself time in the long run and make sure your dishwasher runs efficiently and quietly in the meantime. Here are 4 steps to help you clean a dishwasher safely and effectively in no time at all!

Step 1

Unplug. Pull your dishwasher out from under your countertop and unplug it from an outlet. Remove knobs and any other removable parts and set them aside for cleaning later. Loosen any screws holding plates, racks or cupboards together and remove these as well (don’t worry—you can reattach them once you’re done cleaning).

Step 2

Remove food with vinegar. Spray vinegar into areas where grime is most apparent, then wipe with a damp rag. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with water. Run an empty cycle afterwards, just in case!

Step 3

Unblock filters. Run an empty load with water and a few drops of liquid laundry detergent. If your dishwasher still isn’t cleaning as well as it should, remove and soak any filters for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse them thoroughly and place them back inside. Try running one more empty cycle using just water before you try cleaning them yourself or replacing them altogether.

Step 4

Cleaning your soap dispenser can be done with hot water and some baking soda. Simply pour out any excess water, then dip your toothbrush into baking soda, scrubbing hard on any leftover buildup. Allow your soap dispenser to dry completely before refilling it with more soap. For best results, run another cycle on your dishwasher after cleaning it so you know everything is coming out sparkling!

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