How to clean your dishwasher 30



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Your dishwasher is probably filthy. Even though the dishwasher works to clean your dishes daily, it doesn’t clean itself! This kitchen appliance needs some attention too. It can easily have leftover food, grease or even mould build-up. It may have even developed a bad smell – yuck! To help make sure your beloved kitchen appliance keeps up its necessary cleaning duties, here’s a few ways to clean your dishwasher.

Step 1: empty your dishwasher

Step 2: give your filter a good clean every few uses. Soak in soapy water for about 10 minutes.


2 methods:

1) Vinegar & baking soda method

  • Combine the versatile liquid of vinegar with baking soda and you’ve got yourself a miracle formula! First, take out the dishwasher filter and soak it in soapy water for about 10 minutes. Then, on the top rack, place a cup of white vinegar and begin a heavy cleaning cycle. Next, spread baking soda on the bottom of the basin and run the dishwasher for another half cycle with hot water. Voila! Your dishwasher will look and smell new again.

2) Bleach method 

  • If the above method doesn’t work, try out this sure way to kill any mould build up in your dishwasher. (Bleach is a very strong chemical so use it sparingly). Fill a 1/4 cup with beach on the top rack and run your dishwasher on its hottest setting and your mould should be gone! One word of caution: bleach is harmful to stainless steel so don’t use this method on if your dishwasher is stainless!


Have you ever cleaned your dishwasher? Do you have any other cleaning recommendations? Share with us below!

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  1. Like it Christina, l have a dishwasher that came with the house 3 years ago but only been used 4 times and not by me.

  2. Been using white vinegar for years it’s great .

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    • Bought mine 10 yrs ago. Cleaned every month religiously and still looks like new inside. Also always smells clean. Have found Fairy Dishwashing tabs best and help keep dishwasher grease free.

  3. Thank you! definitely will try this, our dishwasher recently has a stale foodie odour, washed the filter, a bit better, but didn’t soak it etc! Must do the rest!

  4. We don’t put gunky dishes in ours, haven’t cleaned it and it doesn’t smell. We clean the filter regularly.

  5. Rinse dishes first then wash! Still a great idea to clean monthly, as your washing machine! Thanks.

  6. I clean my dishwasher with the recommended cleaner once every 6 weeks I have had my machine for 7 years and it works well and I do rinse my dishes but not properly , no problems.

  7. My dish washer washes ..dries. ..and returns. to cupboards. No…he doesn’t have build up. He’s self cleaning. Low maintenance.

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