Steps to cleaning your dishwasher:
- Start with an empty dishwasher. It’s best to clean the dishwasher right after a cycle ends.
- Fill a clean spray bottle with distilled white vinegar.
- I removed the utensil holders and both racks, though I am sure you can leave them in – if necessary.
- Spray the entire dishwasher with the vinegar. Your kitchen will smell like a salad, but the results are great afterwards! (trust me) Be sure to spray the grate and filters. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes.
- While the inside of the dishwasher is “soaking” in vinegar, spray a towel with vinegar and wipe down the sides of the door.
- After the inside has sat for a while, wipe down the walls and blades. Check all holes, to be sure no debris is stuck. I used a toothpick to clear grime.
- Be sure to wipe and spray as you go. I found the hinges of my dishwasher had a bunch of “gunk” buildup. I would have never known, as the hinges are black and look clean to begin with. I scrubbed these with a toothbrush. Eww.
- Reassemble and replace all parts and racks.
- Fill the Rinse Aid compartment with vinegar. (Provided there is no “Jet Dry” inside.) Vinegar is cheaper!
- Now, you can do one of three things:
1. Add two packets of lemonade flavored Kool Aid to the soap dispenser. Run the dishwasher empty, on the short cycle.
2. Dump 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the full cycle, but stop it before rinse and let sit for 15 minutes before continuing.
3. Fill up your dishwasher (right away) and wash as you normally would.
- As the dishwasher is running, be sure to wipe down the front of the dishwasher. Using either a vinegar/water mix or Windex.
- That’s it. Enjoy your sparkling clean dishwasher!