Easy Steps to Clean Your Dishwasher

How do you clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda?

You can blow the dishwasher soap off with some compressed air.  It cleans a lot better than rubbing it off with a cloth.  Baking soda can disinfect a dishwasher, but if you do happen to find a dirty dishwasher, you can remove the soap with a paper towel to help prevent the soap from getting into the water. There are plenty of products on the market that will help clean a dishwasher.  I’ve purchased some of these from Clark International.

This is exactly what happened to me, and it cost me $58. They said it could be done in two minutes by using boiling water (with baking soda) on the dishwasher for a minute or two, then letting it cool. I didn’t know how to go about the steps. I tried on and off on the benchtop, then put the dishwasher in the bathtub, then pouring about half a cup of vinegar on the dishwasher.

The problem is that it is too acidic and will react with the paper inside the dishwasher to form a film and block the suction hose.  This will harm the fiber.  When I use vinegar, I am sure that the vinegar is also sprayed with baking soda to further form the chemical.  My family’s washing machine is rusting out of the mold and flooring of our house.  I have stripped and re-sealed it, every couple of months.

Make it in a Dutch oven.  It takes a few minutes to make.  First, hot water will remove all of the buildups from the dishwasher, but you’ll need to rinse it (with hot water) in the morning, even if you didn’t use it the night before.  Then add baking soda and vinegar.  Reheat the water (and repeat steps one and two) for a few minutes and it’s ready to go.

How do you clean a smelly dishwasher?

A quick shower, rinse with cold water and let it sit for a few minutes to remove any debris and oil.  If you have some even worse-smelling dishwasher than I have (you can read about it more here), then skip this step.  You don’t need to sanitize your dishes or get them washed again until the odor disappears.  If the smell is bad enough that you just don’t want to live with it, then avoid this step.


So just some quick thoughts on cleaning. Cleaning can be extremely frustrating for people, especially when they need to keep their house in good order. You have no idea how much time it takes to go through the washing machine or dryer. You could be looking at your clothes forever if you have to fight with these things that aren’t on top of the list of priorities. So go ahead and have a little pride in cleaning your dishes and take a little bit of time off for cleaning.

Do not use any type of household cleaner!  The ingredients found in any household cleaner, including Lysol, is very flammable and will cause a fire if spilled on the dishwasher door.  If you do try to clean the dishwasher, always remember to get the cleaning solution off your hands first before getting in the dishwasher.  If you do spill something on your dishwasher, you may find that there is a high-enough level of sodium in your dishwasher that it will melt.  

How often should you clean your dishwasher?

We’ve all done it. You’ll clean your dishwasher once a week or twice a week. How often? Don’t worry. You’ll only have to clean once every six months. This doesn’t mean the cleaner is always on, you’ll always have a scrubbing cloth and some water.

The wash cycle will vary according to the brand of the washing machine. So it is best to ask your local dishwasher repair expert what is recommended.

The recommended washing time for all materials is 6-8 hours. If you’re washing a dishwasher, don’t forget to use a deep cycle because it has a longer life than a standard cycle.

Are soap scum and fabric softener usually associated with washing dishes?

You shouldn’t need to rinse your dishes. A few decilitres of soap will allow your dishwasher to clean any dried or discolored foods that are in the tray. But don’t use more soap than is recommended.

How do you clean the inside of a stainless steel dishwasher?

a. Scrape it with a scourer to release excess wax. This is okay if the grease and deposits were too deep to clean out (over-cleaning the dishes as that leads to potential contamination).


b. Pour a 20% solution of dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher.


c. Allow to soak for one hour, then wipe with a paper towel. Do not reuse the paper towel for the next day’s washing.

The coating becomes so thin that even just the lid may have almost no texture to it. At that point, you have to re-coat the entire cabinet. That’s not an option, so what you want to do is remove any trapped food, and clean the inside as well. I strongly recommend using a very fine microfiber cloth. I use a 200-grit cloth that has been used on my son-dri-nob stainless steel sink (of which I’ve yet to fix it).

Remember the sad old days of eating out of the dishwasher? Some folks still use that garbage to store veggies, something we really don’t need. But all the while there are real food benefits from the stainless steel.

In fact, your stainless steel dishes would actually be a good choice for leaving fresh food in your fridge for at least a week. See if you can use the dishwasher’s temperature settings to keep the food fresher for longer.

You can use ammonia to clear up the inside of your dishwasher. This process of cleaning can also remove any other bacteria from the cleaning cycle. Here are some of the common materials you will need to use to clean a stainless steel dishwasher: 2-3 teaspoons of dishwasher detergent