How to Effectively Clean Your Dishwasher, now isn’t it weird to think how little we clean something that we rely on to do so much cleaning? I don’t know about your house but there are days we run the dishwasher two or three times. But, have you ever stopped to look at how really clean your dishwasher is? (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. )
Once you crack that dishwasher open and look around you will see what I am talking about. It is amazing how much soap scum residue accumulates along with grease and food particles. These things will eventually create an odor in your dishwasher due to bacteria growth. Cleaning your dishwasher once a month using one of the following methods will help keep it fresh and clean.
Tips For How To Clean Your Dishwasher:
Vinegar and baking soda– Vinegar is something that is extremely versatile since it is often used for cooking, getting rid of weeds and even cleaning. Start by removing the filter from your dishwasher and soaking it in hot, soapy water for 15 minutes. After you put the filter back in, pour one cup of vinegar into the dishwasher bottom. Next run for a cleaning cycle, with the dishwasher empty. Once the cycle is complete, sprinkle baking soda on the dishwasher bottom, let it sit overnight and run another cleaning cycle, again with the machine empty.
Borax- It is important to start off by noting that Borax is not the same thing as baking soda. Borax is sodium borate and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Sprinkle a layer of Borax on the bottom of the dishwasher, using about ¼ cup. You can add dishes with the Borax since it will not only clean and freshen your machine but will get rid of spots from glasses. Then use your regular dishwasher detergent and run a normal cleaning cycle.
Dishwasher Cleaner Tabs- These can be a time saver and a lot easier! I have used them a couple times with great results, was especially handy when I moved into a rental house that hadn’t been lived in for a couple of months. Was so easy to do and allowed me to focus on cleaning the rest of the house!! I always keep these a pack of these on hand and luckily when I notice I get low I order another pack from Amazon with my prime and have it here in two days. (Don’t have Prime? You NEED for easy online shopping!!)
How often do you clean your dishwasher? Do you have any tips?