How to clean your Dishwasher


A great question that comes up time and time again is how to clean you dishwasher or which are the best ways to get your dishwasher clean – so if you would like to learn how, then take a look further through this post which outlines it in 6 easy steps.

Your dishwasher is a cleaning appliance, so why should it be dirty and that you have to clean it seems counterintuitive, but it is true that dishwashers have to be cleaned regularly. This will ensure that your dishes and cutlery come out sparkling every time. So here is what you should do to clean your dishwasher.

Step 1: Clean the filter

If there is a drain filter, then take out the bottom rack and unscrew the filter from its base. Remove the parts of the filter and wash them in the warm water with liquid soap.  Older model dishwashers had a grinder to pulverize food scraps and flush them out in the drain. If your dishwasher has a grinder, ensure that is it is also cleaned and any debris sticking to it also removed.

Step 2: Clear the drain

Remove any food debris in and around the drain and ensure that the drain is completely unclogged. A clogged drain can result in damage to the dishwasher pump. Use a toothbrush to clear all clogged holes. Pull out the spray arm and clean it thoroughly.  Once this is all cleaned up reinstall the spray arm and the filter system.

Step 3: Vinegar wash

Place a clean cup filled with white vinegar in the center of the top rack. Now run the dishwasher in the normal cycle without any detergent. This would remove discoloration from the dishwasher and sanitize it too.

Step 4: Baking soda wash

Sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom basin of the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher in hot cycle mode. Stop the cycle midway and let it stand for 20-30 minutes. This will result in baking soda removing all the odors from the dishwasher.  Let the dishwasher complete the cycle and then wipe the insides with a clean soft cloth.

Step 5: Clean the exterior

Using a soft cloth and damp it with white vinegar and wipe over the exterior of the dishwasher. Carefully examine the seal and clean it to remove any grime or dirt in it. For dishwashers which have an external body of stainless steel, it is recommended that you use a glass cleaner to remove dirt and grime from the surface. Do not spray the liquid glass cleaner directly on dishwasher front, as it may enter and damage the electronics of the front panel.

Step 6: Wash Cycle with Bleach

If you see any mold and mildew in the dishwasher, then you have to take an extra step to remove it.  Pour 1 cup of liquid bleach in the bottom washing area of the dishwasher and run it in a normal full cycle without any other detergent.  By this method, you will get rid of any molds or spores. This is an optional step and should only be performed if you suspect mold is in your dishwasher.

Your dishwasher is an important appliance in the kitchen and you should regularly inspect and clean it. This cleaning should be done regularly preferably once a month, to ensure that your dishwasher is in top condition and it cleans your dirty dishes and cutlery efficiently.


In addition – a selection of popular Dishwashers and Dishwasher products are also outlined here that may be of interest to you – so feel free to compare further or view stock by clicking on any of the images provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning your own dishwasher by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that other people in the community can learn also!



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