How to Clean your Dishwasher

Believe it or not, the most used appliance in your home needs to be cleaned regularly. No, we’re not taking your refrigerator (it’s important to clean that, too), but your dishwasher. Sure, this device is known to sanitize your dishes and utensils — but the machine itself needs to be disinfected, too; here’s how to do it:

The Essentials

Unlike cleaning your oven or kitchen table, you’ll be able to clean your dishwasher with ease. How so? Well, all you’ll have to do is acquire some essential supplies, place them inside of the dishwasher, turn the appliance on, and then you’ll be good to go. Before you get started, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 glass measuring cup

  • 1 bottle of white vinegar

  • 1 toothbrush (new/old)

After you gather these essentials from around your home or purchase them at the store, you’ll be ready to start the sanitizing process!

The Process

Before you get to cleaning your dishwasher, you’ll want to make sure that it’s empty. From dishes to silverware, take everything out since they’ll interfere with the overall cleaning. Once your dishwasher is scarce, it’s time to start the cleaning process.

  • Step 1: Take the bottle of white vinegar and fill the glass measuring cup to the brim
  • Step 2: Next, it’s time to take the cup and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher, followed by shutting the door.
  • Step 3: Turn the appliance on, at the highest, hottest setting — and let the dishwasher do the job for you.
  • Step 4: After the cycle is done, take out the measuring cup and place it in your sink. From there, take our the racks of the dishwasher and scrub (with the toothbrush) any leftover debris that may be on there (it will be minimal if anything).
  • Step 5: Locate the filter of the dishwasher, gently remove it and scrub any remaining debris that might be inside of it. Once that step is complete, place it back in the dishwasher, followed by the racks and you’ll be good to go!

Pro Tip

To keep your dishwasher in the clear, you’ll want to do this at least once a month. If you maintain your appliance’s cleanliness regularly, then you’ll notice that your dishes, glasses, and silverware will come out much cleaner — and won’t have a ~funky~ smell attached to them, either!

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