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How To Clean A Dishwasher (With Vinegar, Baking Soda, And Nothing More!)

Discover the secret to a spotless dishwasher with a simple combination of vinegar, baking soda, and zero hassle! Wouldn’t it be amazing if your dishwasher could magically clean itself? Unfortunately, that’s not the reality, but fear not! Cleaning this indispensable appliance is a breeze, especially when your dishwasher does most of the heavy lifting. 

With our easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll transform your dishwasher into a gleaming wonder. Get ready for top-rated residential cleaning as we unveil the secrets to maintaining a pristine dishwasher. Let’s dive in and bring back the shine! 

Step 1. Take out the removable parts

First, you need to empty the dishwasher to wash it. So, start by taking out the removable parts to have more room to clean the insides.

On top of clearing the space inside the appliance, washing the parts you took out will be easier. You only need soapy water and a sponge to scrub them in the sink.

Step 2. Wipe away food bits

Once the dishwasher is empty, it’s time to wipe away the food bits with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge. This will help stop the crumbs from simply floating around and sticking to other parts of the dishwasher.

Step 3. Run a washing cycle with vinegar

Now, it’s time to clean the dishwasher walls. Vinegar has an acidic quality which allows it to loosen grime and stains. So, fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with a cup of vinegar and place it at the bottom of the appliance. Then, run a hot water cycle and wait. 

After the cycle is over, remove the container and wipe the dishwasher walls with a microfiber cloth to clean the loosened grime.

Warning: Don’t fill the detergent compartment with vinegar! While the acidity of this product is excellent for cleaning the dishwasher walls, it can be harmful and corrosive to the machine’s inner workings.

Step 4. Run a washing cycle with baking soda

While vinegar may remove most—if not all—of the grime, it never hurts to take an extra step to ensure your dishwasher is entirely spotless and odor-free. Baking soda is perfect for this since it’s a natural degreaser and deodorizer.

So, for this step, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the dishwasher. Once you’re done, close the door and run a short washing cycle.

After the cycle is over, grab a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the dishwasher walls to remove the baking soda.

Step 5. Clean the rubber seals

Now, the rubber seals are the only thing inside the dishwasher missing a good clean-up. So, mix a splash of dish soap with some water and dip a toothbrush to scrub the seals.

Step 6. Polish outside the appliance

For the finishing touches, you can take this extra step to leave your dishwasher as shiny outside as it is inside. All you need is to buff the appliance door with a clean microfiber cloth.

That’s it! Now you have a freshly clean dishwasher to clean dishes without too much effort.

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