3 Ways to Clean your Dishwasher

Over time grease, grime and bacteria build up in our dishwashers. Considering that this glorious machine is used to clean and disinfect the very utensils we eat off off, it is important that we keep it clean and germ free. Not only will this produce cleaner dishes, it will also help to keep the machine running effectively for longer.  Here are 4 different methods for getting that dishwasher beautifully clean.

Vinegar and Baking Soda
Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle.

After this cycle is complete, sprinkle about a 1/2c of baking soda in the bottom of the dish washer and run it on the hot cycle again. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty odors, too.

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Borax

As always, clean out the filter in the bottom of your dishwasher, when you have done this, sprinkle a little bit of borax on the bottom. Use a damp sponge or cloth and scrub your dishwasher down if it has really built up some grime. Wipe off excess grime with a damp cloth. During your next dish washing cycle, add 1/4c of borax for extra cleaning powder.

Bleach

Before we go any further we need to warn you that bleach is harmful to stainless steel, so if the inside of your dishwasher is composed of this material, DO NOT USE THIS METHOD. Using bleach in your dishwasher is extremely effective at eliminating mold. It is recommended that you first clean your dishwasher with baking soda and vinegar and then following up with bleach. Just add 1 cup of bleach to a dish washer safe container on the top shelf, run your dish washer on its hottest setting. This should eliminate even the most stubborn mold issues.