Today is day 6 of our deep clean the kitchen, Spring Cleaning challenge! We tackled the microwave yesterday. Today it’s time to clean another appliance…the dishwasher!
If it’s been over a month since you’ve scrubbed your dishwasher, then it’s time to do it again! Take a few minutes to deep clean your dishwasher and then add this chore to your cleaning schedule so you get to it on a regular basis.
How to deep clean your dishwasher:
- Old toothbrush or a scrub brush like these deep clean brushes good for all kinds of cleaning tasks.
- Plastic bag (optional)
- Paper towel
- Dishwasher cleaner (optional)
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!)
By the way, don’t miss the float valve and door vent. I had someone tell me recently that they thought they needed a new dishwasher. But after they read my suggestion to clean them, their dishwasher worked like new!
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.
If you don’t have an all-purpose spray, vinegar or wiping it away with water works just fine!
4. Place a shallow bowl full of vinegar in the top rack of your empty dishwasher and run it on the hottest cycle possible.
The vinegar splashes out of the bowl slightly as the cycle runs, which disinfects the dishwasher. However, all of the vinegar doesn’t come out. If you want a little more disinfecting power, you can also put vinegar in the soap dispenser.
NOTE: If you have a serious mold/mildew problem in your dishwasher (you aren’t anti-bleach), you could 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. Use a professional strength dishwasher cleaner.
If you’re dishwasher still isn’t as clean as you’d like it to be, you could always use a professional strength dishwasher cleaner.
6. Refill the rinse aid dispenser (vinegar works great) and enjoy your newly cleaned dishwasher!
Just like with any kitchen cleaning tip, once you get the hang of cleaning your dishwasher on a regular basis, it isn’t too bad!
Deep clean your dishwasher. Then let me over on Facebook or on the comment section here. I can’t wait to cheer you on!
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