When you think about cleaning up around the house, you probably think of your floors, your bathroom, kitchen countertops, and maybe laundry. Your dishwasher, however, is probably the absolute last thing that comes to mind. After all, it washes your dishes and it's always full of soap and hot water, so who would ever think it needs to be cleaned?
Like any other appliance, however, your dishwasher does, in fact, need to be cleaned up. Cleaning out your dishwasher helps it run more efficiently, ultimately extending the life of your appliance. You may be amazed when you see just how different it looks after cleaning, and all it takes is a simple 3-step process.
Here's what you need to do, repeating this process roughly every six months or so:
- Pull out the bottom rack and make sure that your dishwasher's filter area is clean and debris/gunk-free.
- Empty everything out and place a dishwasher-safe measuring cup full of white vinegar in the top rack. Run your dishwasher on the hottest setting.
- After the vinegar cycle is complete, remove the cup, sprinkle baking soda along the bottom of the dishwasher and run a short, hot cycle.