How to Clean the Dishwasher: The Ultimate Guide

Clearing out the dishwasher is a chore that nobody wants to do. But it's important to keep your dishwasher clean because you don't want hard-to-remove food stuck on your dishes or in your dishwasher. What you'll need: - A cleaning brush for the inside of the dishwasher - A cleaning brush for the outside of the dishwasher - Dish soap (optional) - Water

If you're anything like us, your dishwasher has become a permanent fixture in your kitchen. You run it once or twice a day, and it's always there when you need it.

But what happens when your dishwasher starts to get grimy? When the jets aren't shooting out as powerfully as they used to? When spots of food don't get cleaned off the plates anymore?

You need to clean it! It may sound scary, but it is easier than you think. If you follow these simple steps on how to clean the dishwasher, your dishwasher will be sparkling and new-looking in no time!

Every few months, it's a good idea to take a look inside your dishwasher and make sure it's in good shape. Here are some tips on how to clean your dishwasher.

1. Unplug the appliance and let it cool down before starting any cleaning process.

2. Remove the bottom rack and soak it in warm water with detergent for 30 minutes. If you have hard water spots on the rack, use baking soda as an abrasive to remove them.

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3. Wash out the soap dispenser with vinegar or another mild acid solution if there are food particles blocking its holes (you can also buy a hose attachment that fits over the opening). If you don't have one of these attachments, simply use some paper towels to unclog whatever is clogging up the holes—it should come out fairly easily! Be sure not to use anything sharp or abrasive on this part of your dishwasher!

4. Disassemble any removable parts from inside your dishwasher (including trays) and scrub them thoroughly with soap and water until all gunk is gone! You may need to run an empty cycle once you're done cleaning all these parts so that they get completely rinsed off before being replaced back into your dishwasher.

5. Clean the filter screen on the bottom of your dishwasher with soapy water and a bottle brush (if it has one). You might also want to run an empty cycle once you're done cleaning this part so that it gets completely rinsed off before being reassembled.

6. Clean the outer shell of your dishwasher using soap and water with a bottle brush (if it has one). You may also want to run an empty cycle once you're done cleaning this part so that it gets completely rinsed off before being reassembled.

7. Collect all of your cleaning supplies and put them away in a safe place!


  1. Can I put aluminum foil in my dishwasher?

No! Aluminum foil will ruin your dishwasher's heating element and make it stop working. Always remember to remove aluminum foil before you run a cycle on your dishwasher. If you don't have time to take it out, add a little bit of vinegar to the wash cycle and let it run through as usual before putting in any dishes or silverware that need cleaning.

  1. What to do if my glasses are foggy after washing them in my dishwasher?

This happens because there needs to be more water in the machine when it runs its rinse cycle after washing soapy dishes without rinsing off soap first (which means there aren't enough suds left over from previous cycles). To fix this problem: fill up a big bowl with warm water, then add some baking soda.


Well, that's all for now! If you have any questions about how to clean the dishwasher, just leave us a comment below, and we'll get back to you with an answer.

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