Most people notice over time that the inside of their dishwasher needs some attention even though it’s been shooting hot soapy water around the inside several time a week. A dirty dishwasher can even have an effect on how clean your dishes, silverware, and glassware get. Here’s a quick guide to giving yours the once-over:
- Best practice is to refer back to the owner’s manual for the recommended cleaning steps for your particular dishwasher. Okay – there- we said it. Moving on . . . if you can’t find the manual, keep reading.
- Scrub the rubber gasket and around the gasket with a soft brush and gentle cleanser like Speed Cleaning’s Pro Scrub, then wipe thoroughly.
- Remove the racks and inspect the drain, taking out any debris that could block it. You may even want to remove the drain cover to clean out underneath if possible.
- Put the racks back in. Run the dishwasher empty on a hot cycle with one cup of distilled white vinegar in a container sitting on the top rack. For extra freshness, then run a second cycle with one cup of baking soda sprinkled on the bottom of the dishwasher.
- Use your gentle cleanser to wipe away any remaining interior marks on the walls and door.
- Wipe the outside of the dishwasher door. For white units, use an eraser sponge on the white handle area (not on a shiny or acrylic front panel). For stainless steel (actually, for all finishes!), use a cleaner like SpeedCleaning.com’s Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish.
Voilà! Nice job! Now go ahead and fill it up with sticky, smeary, crumb-laden dishes. That’s what a dishwasher is for.