How to Clean your Dishwasher in 8 Easy Steps

You aren’t the only one exhausted after an intense holiday season.  After countless dirty plates and baked-on casseroles dishes, your dishwasher is exhausted too.  If the inside of your machine isn’t smelling or looking as clean as it should, or if your dishes aren’t coming out sparking, try these easy tips for restoring it to its youthful glory!


Step 1: Gather supplies

White Vinegar

Baking Soda


Dish Soap

Microfiber Rags


Cleaning Toothbrush

*Hex wrench or Screwdriver


*Check the bottom of your machine to see if any tools are needed to access the filter and choose the best tool for the job.


Step 2: Remove racks and silverware holder from machine and wipe down with a sponge and water and white vinegar.


Step 3: Use toothpick to check holes in spinning arms.  Make sure they are clear of blockages so that water is able to move through them easily.


Step 4: Remove filter (Use tools if necessary.)


Step 5: Clean the filter with a soft toothbrush using hot soapy water.  Make sure you rinse thoroughly and then reassemble the parts in the machine.


Step 6: Using the vinegar sponge, scrub the top, sides, and door of the machine.  Use a baking soda paste to scrub if necessary.  (Pay careful attention to the door seal and around the gasket, as these areas tend to collect gunk.)


Step 7: Place clean racks back in dishwasher.  Pour 2 cups vinegar at the bottom of the machine and sprinkle with baking soda.


Step 8: Run empty dishwasher cycle to finish rinsing the machine.


That’s it!  Your dishwasher is sparkling and clean.


Here are a few tips to help you keep that dishwasher running smoothly.


  1. Use your dishwasher regularly.  This keeps the machine free from build-up.
  2. Since your dishwasher drains through the same pipe as your sink, make sure you run the garbage disposal before you run your dishwasher.
  3. Running your sink tap until the water turns cold just before starting your dishwasher will help your wash cycle start out with hot water instead of having to start cold and heat up as it goes.  (The ideal dishwasher water temperature should be between 120 and 125 degrees.)


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