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If you’re wondering how to clean a dishwasher, you’re already more advanced than I was. Until recently, I didn’t even know I needed to be cleaning the dishwasher. Once I found out, was I ever surprised by the results?

How to Clean a Dishwasher Take One

how to clean a dishwasher

We’ve been through a number of dishwashers in our time, so when we got our most recent one I was determined to get my money’s worth and take really good care of it. Other than applying all the tips in my owner’s manual (always read the owner’s manual carefully if you want to get the fullest use of your appliances), I decided to try a new product that promised me an immaculately clean dishwasher.

The little bottle of blue fluid went into the top rack of the dishwasher and I ran the empty machine on the hottest cycle. Boy was I pleased when I opened the door and saw the sparkle – felt like I was in a commercial and the machine had winked at me. Now I knew how to clean a dishwasher.

The only problem was that this stuff was expensive! Too expensive for me to be using every month as they recommended.

And then there were all those chemicals to wonder about . . .

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Cleaning with Vinegar to the Rescue

So off I went in search of more information on how to clean a dishwasher. I wasn’t too surprised to find out that this was yet another job where cleaning with vinegar was going to come to my rescue.

Now instead of uncorking a flashy bottle of expensive blue who-knows-what, I merely fill a mug with a cup of white distilled vinegar, place it in the empty dishwasher (right side up, top rack), then run the hottest cycle. Guaranteed sparkling wink.

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It really works!

Do this once a month and you will eliminate any soap, hard water, and grease build-up throughout the inner workings of your dishwasher. And take my word for it, if you’ve never done this, you need to. It might even save you from buying a new dishwasher – it’s that effective.

Other Dishwasher Cleaning Tips

Spray Arms – Over time spray arms have a tendency to get jammed with various particles. I’ve found some interesting bits in there. So have a look at the holes in the spray arms and use a toothpick or similar object to remove any stuck debris.

The Bottom – All the dishwashers I’ve had in Europe come equipped with a filter apparatus on the bottom of the dishwasher. This needs to be rinsed regularly. Once again – check your owner’s manual.

The Exterior – Use your favorite cleaner and a damp microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe everything down (don’t forget the area around the bottom of the door). Alternatively use a home steam cleaner and get the job done in seconds.

A Better Solution

If you equip yourself with a home steam cleaner you’ll be treating yourself to the ideal solution for cleaning appliances and so much else in your house.

I spend about five minutes a week in my kitchen with the steam cleaner and give all the appliances and cupboard doors a swish. That’s all they need to stay 100 percent sparkling. No scrubbing and questionable cleaners for me!

Not only is it the best solution for how to clean a dishwasher, but it is also the solution to innumerable house cleaning tasks. I can not sing the praises of my steam cleaner enough – it is a priceless piece of cleaning equipment.

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Mary Ann

I'm a mom of 3 and spend a good chunk of my time cleaning and organizing our crazy home. My goal is to help people keep their homes tidy in a way that saves them time and money! I hope the resources on this site are a help to you and your family.

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