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How to Clean a Dishwasher in 7-Easy Steps

How to Clean a Dishwasher - Dishwasher with plates
Stacey Martin
Stacey Martin
July 22, 2022

If you're like most people, you probably think of your dishwasher as a lifesaver. There's nothing quite like loading it with dishes, and at the touch of a button having it clean all of your dishes. But did you know that dishwashers need to be cleaned too?

That's right! Even though dishwashers are designed to clean your dishes, over time they can become filled with food particles, grease, and soap scum. This build-up can lead to your dishwasher not cleaning your dishes as well as it should. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to keep it running smoothly. Here's a quick guide on how to clean a dishwasher.

1. Start With the Removable Parts

Man with a removable part of the dishwasher

One of the first things you should do when cleaning your dishwasher is to remove the racks and utensil holders. You can then use a soft brush or a sponge to scrub away any food particles, grease, or soap scum. If you're having trouble removing all the gunk, try soaking the parts in hot water for a few minutes.

2. Run a Cycle With White Vinegar

White vinegar is a natural cleaning agent that can be used to clean the dishwasher interior. To clean your dishwasher with white vinegar, simply fill a dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar, place it on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, and then run a normal cycle. The vinegar will help break down any build-up in your dishwasher and leave it looking and smelling fresh.

3. Sprinkle in Some Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another great natural cleaning agent that you can apply after using white vinegar. Be careful not to mix the two though, as they can cancel each other out. To use baking soda for cleaning, simply sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher before running a normal cycle. This will help remove any lingering build-up.

4. Scrub With a Toothbrush

If you still see some build-up after using white vinegar and baking soda, you can try scrubbing it with a toothbrush. This is especially helpful for getting into hard-to-reach places like the crevices of the dishwasher door. To clean with a toothbrush, simply dampen the bristles with water, scrub away at the build-up, and rinse it out with clean water.

5. Don't Forget the Filter

Your dishwasher's filter traps food particles and prevents them from recirculating in your dishwasher. Over time, however, the filter can become clogged and prevent your dishes from getting as clean as they should be. To clean the filter, simply remove it from your dishwasher and rinse it off with water. If it's especially dirty, you can soak it in white vinegar for a few minutes before rinsing.

6. Clean the Exterior

Wiping down a dishwasher

Finally, don't forget to clean the exterior of your dishwasher. The control panel, door, and handles can become covered in fingerprints and grease. To clean the exterior, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth. If you have any tough stains, you can use a mild cleaning agent and a sponge to scrub them away.

7. Consider Using Dishwasher Cleaner Pods

If you're looking for an even easier way to keep your dishwasher clean, you may want to consider using dishwasher cleaner pods. These pods can be placed in your dishwasher to help remove build-up and leave your dishwasher smelling fresh. While it's still advisable to deep clean your dishwasher at least once a month, these pods are great for in-between cleans.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning your dishwasher may seem like a daunting task, but a few simple steps can go a long way. And if you need an extra hand, be sure to contact The Elite Maids to request a free cleaning estimate.