No one wants a clean-ish washer

How to Clean a Dishwasher

Eventually the answer to, “Are these clean?” is always “no”. And it’s probably because you’ve gone too long without cleaning your dishwasher. Surprised? Don’t worry; these tips for how to clean your dishwasher are simple and easy to do.

Tip 1: Don’t just scrape by

When you scrape food off your plates, be thorough. The food you leave on your plates can get caught in the grates (drainage system). Which may mean water all over your floor and a smelly dishwasher.


Tip 2: Clear the drain

If there’s food caught in the drain system of your dishwasher, remove it. Then, use a clean sponge to wipe the area. You might want to consider sending Liquid-Plumr® Disposal & Drain Foaming Cleaner down your garbage disposal, too. It’ll help freshen the same plumbing the dishwasher uses, leaving a fresh, citrus scent.

Tip 3: Protect the seals

Dishwasher seals can break down over time due to bleach ingredients used in dishwasher gels. A nice scrub with an old toothbrush and some hot, soapy water can save your seals from deteriorating over time.

Tip 4: Vinegar

Want a clean dishwasher with vinegar? Run the dishwasher with a little vinegar on the hottest setting. Vinegar is an acid that is efficient at breaking down mineral deposits and bacteria.

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