Isn’t it weird to think how little we clean something that we rely on to do so much cleaning for you? Now I don’t know about your house but there are days we go through so many dishes the dishwasher gets ran two or three times. However, have you ever stopped to look at how really clean your dishwasher is? (I have included links to some great products that can make your life easier. You can buy them through my online sales links.)
This seemed like a crazy thing when I first found out I should be cleaning my dishwasher. But once you crack that dishwasher open and look around you will see what I am talking about. It is amazing how much soap scum residue accumulates along with grease and food particles. These things will eventually create an odor in your dishwasher because of bacteria growth. Cleaning your dishwasher once a month using one of the following methods will help keep it fresh and clean.
Tips For How To Clean Your Dishwasher:
Vinegar and baking soda– Vinegar is something that is extremely versatile since it is often used for cooking, getting rid of weeds and even cleaning. When you combine vinegar with baking soda, you have created a cleaning gem. Start by removing the filter from your dishwasher and soaking it in hot, soapy water for 15 minutes. After you put the filter back, pour one cup of vinegar into the dishwasher bottom and run the machine for a cleaning cycle, with the dishwasher empty. Once the cycle is complete, sprinkle baking soda on the dishwasher bottom, let it set overnight and run another cleaning cycle, again with the machine empty.
Borax- It is important to start off by noting that Borax is not the same thing as baking soda. Borax is sodium borate and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Borax is a very effective cleaner for your dishwasher. Sprinkle a layer of Borax on the bottom of the dishwasher, using about ¼ cup. You can add dishes with the Borax since it will not only clean and freshen your machine but will get rid of spots from glasses. Use your regular dishwasher detergent and run a normal cleaning cycle.
Bleach- You have probably already discovered that you can use bleach for cleaning an array of things. If you have a dishwasher that has stainless steel inside, you don’t want to use this method since bleach is harmful to stainless steel. Bleach is great for killing any mold or mildew that may be present inside your dishwasher. Fill a cup with bleach and place it on the top rack of the dishwasher and run at the hottest cycle your dishwasher allows.
Dishwasher Cleaner Tabs- These can be a time saver and a lot easier! I have used them a couple times with great results, was especially handy when I moved into a rental house that hadn’t been lived in for a couple months was amazing for cleaning up the dishwasher while I focused on the rest of the house!! I always keep these a pack of these on hand and luckily when I notice I get low I order another pack from Amazon with my prime and have it here in two days. (Don’t have Prime? You NEED for easy online shopping!!)