Newsflash: You Need to Clean Your Dishwasher

Who knew you had to clean your dishwasher to keep it running properly? I thought since it was ALWAYS cleaning…..that it could at least keep itself clean. I recently learned that my dishwasher wasn’t running that great because I neglected it and it needed a deep clean. Now it runs like new and I clean it once a month to maintain it. Who wants to spend money on a new dishwasher…..I sure don’t.  Here’s how you can clean yours in an eco-friendly, safe way so that you keep harsh chemicals away from your dishes and keep your dishwasher running like it’s supposed to:

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  • Cleaning Your Dishwasher 1 of 6
    Cleaning Your Dishwasher
    Water deposits and dirt can ruin your dishwasher....follow these simple steps to make sure your dishwasher lasts as long as it's supposed to!
  • Getting Started 2 of 6
    Getting Started
    First remove any trays that you can from the dishwasher. Look for any large food obstructions and problem areas. I use distilled white vinegar and a "no scratch" sponge to clean the inside. You'll also want vinegar in a spray bottle. Pour about 2 cups of vinegar into a bowl and add a 1 cup of water.
  • Basic Cleaning 3 of 6
    Basic Cleaning
    Using the sponge and vinegar solution wipe down the inside of the door. For tougher areas let the solution sit for a minute or two and then re-wipe the area down. Use a sprayer filled with vinegar to clean out the soap dishes and any vents.
  • Scrubbing the Inside 4 of 6
    Scrubbing the Inside
    Wipe down the inside areas that you can reach and use the sprayer to soak hard to reach areas. For super tough stains try scrubbing with a toothbrush and baking soda mixed with a little water to create a paste.
  • Running a Cleaning Cycle 5 of 6
    Running a Cleaning Cycle
    Finally, spray down the entire inside and the surface of the trays with vinegar and pour 2 cups of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short cleaning cycle and open up the dishwasher to properly dry.
  • Ongoing Maintenance 6 of 6
    Ongoing Maintenance
    Make sure to clean your dishwasher regularly to keep it running smoothly. Adding a rinse aid to the dishwasher will help soften the water and reduce spots if you need it. When a cleaning cycle is done try to leave the dishwasher open as long as possible so that the inside can properly dry out to prevent mold and mildew.








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