You may think that a machine designed to clean our dishes would clean itself. Sadly, that’s not always the case! If you look carefully, you may notice mold, mildew, and disgusting gook lined along the edges of your dishwasher and by the door hinge at the bottom.
When the dishwasher door is shut for long periods of time, moisture is trapped inside causing bacteria to build up. That bacteria causes dishes to smell and not get as clean after a washing a load which is exactly why we need to focus on cleaning the dishwasher periodically. So…let’s do it today!
How to clean the 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 gunk 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!
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