When is the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? If it’s been over a month, then it’s time! Let’s take some time this week to clean some of the major appliances in the kitchen.
- Old toothbrush or a scrub brush like these deep clean brushes good for all kinds of cleaning tasks.
- Plastic bag (optional)
- Paper towel
Instructions on how to clean your dishwasher:
1. Using an old tooth brush, scrub the following areas of your dishwasher:
- around the door frame (pay particular attention to where the the bottom of the door hinges)
- in the detergent dispenser
- behind the silverware rack
- under the float valve (that thing in the bottom of the dishwasher that just seems to be in the way)
- around any plastic parts that connect to the bottom or top of the dishwasher
- inside the door vent (if it comes off, you may be surprised what you find in there!)
2. Depending on how much debris is left after scrubbing, you may want to wipe it up with a paper towel.
If you’re really grossed out (like I am…it makes me want to gag!), use a plastic grocery store bag as a barrier between your hand and the paper towel.
3. After cleaning the above areas, use an all-purpose spray to clean around the door frame.
4. Place a cup full of vinegar in the top rack of your empty dishwasher and run it on the hottest cycle possible.
This will disinfect the dishwasher. If you aren’t anti-bleach and you have a serious mold/mildew problem in your dishwasher, you could just dump a cup full of bleach in the bottom of your dishwasher during the cycle instead of vinegar. Just keep in mind that it should be used periodically and never on a dishwasher with a stainless steel interior door.
5. Refill the rinse aid dispenser (vinegar works great) and enjoy your newly cleaned dishwasher!
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #7.
- Clean your dishwasher.
- Add this task to your personal cleaning calendar.
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