Time to clean the dishwasher? You’ve never done it? Then get busy! You might believe that those machines stay clean, but think about it: old soap suds and food fragments can remain. Yuck! Here is how to give your dishwasher a good cleaning and make sure your dishes are sanitary.
To start, get some distilled white vinegar, some baking soda, a little lemon juice, some soft rags, a toothbrush, and a few toothpicks – then you’re ready to start!
- First, run the dishwasher on a full cycle. Make sure it’s empty.
- Second, make sure the spinning arms holes are clear and use a toothpick to clean out any small debris.
- Next, clean under the door bottom since water doesn’t wash easily here so debris can accumulate. Use a toothbrush with baking soda or soapy water. Rinse it well.
- Now, use a toothbrush with baking soda to wash around the dirty drain. Get rid of any food particles or paper tags or stickers off jars, etc.
- Next, wipe around the seal using white vinegar and a little lemon juice and a toothbrush. Scrub it well!
- Next, check all utensil holders and racks for remaining food particles. If they are really filthy (gross!) you can rinse them with warm soapy water and soak overnight. Rinse well!
- Now, remove hard water deposits. Run a dishwasher cycle with distilled white vinegar. Put two cups of vinegar on the bottom of the machine, and turn it to energy saving low wash. Stop the machine midway through the way so that the vinegar can stay on the bottom and clean for about 20 minutes. Finish the cycle.
- For rust stains, use a dishwasher-safe rust remover. For mold or mildew, bleach will work; add one cup in the bottom of the machine and run full cycle. However, don’t use bleach if the interior is stainless steel interior. And don’t mix bleach with vinegar!
- Finally, clean buttons and panels with a solution of vinegar, citrus, and water or with some stainless steel cleaner.
- It’s a good idea to do this every few months. And watch out for dishwashing gels; they usually contain bleach that can deteriorate rubber seals and make them leak.
So that’s it! Now you have a clean dishwasher and are ready to start cooking again. And start cleaning up those dirty dishes afterwards! Dishwashers are modern wonders. Just imagine having to do all those dirty dishes by hand! So keep your dishwasher working like new. Keep it clean!