It doesn’t necessarily make sense to have to clean an appliance that cleans, but food particles and minerals can build up in your dishwasher preventing it from cleaning thoroughly. Add cleaning your dishwasher to your cleaning rotation – your dishes will be cleaner and your dishwasher will run more efficiently.

ADD IT TO YOUR ROUTINE: If you’re adding cleaning your dishwasher to your cleaning rotation, clean it every month or at least every 3 months.

1 cup white vinegar
cleaning cloth – I like using bar mop towels or microfiber cleaning cloths 

Start by running the dishwasher and removing any clean dishes if you need to. Your dishwasher needs to be empty to clean it.

Wipe the edges and seal with your favorite all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar.  I am using a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe the edges and seal.

Remove the bottom rack and check for any food particles or blockages.  If you see any blockages you can use a toothpick to get them out.

If you have a filter in your dishwasher remove it and rinse it out with hot water.  You can also use a clean toothbrush to give it a little scrub.

Pour one cup of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher.

Close the dishwasher and run it on a  quick wash, hot, sanitize cycle. This will ensure that your dishwasher is completely clean and that any mineral build-up is washed away.

When the dishwasher has completed its cycle wipe dry with a bar mop towel or a microfiber cloth.

Cleaning your dishwasher will take about 5 minutes of hands-on cleaning time and as long it takes to run the dishwasher cycle. Try this quick and easy method today!

Want more dishwasher tips?  Here’s a quick tip for emptying your dishwasher and see my favorite dishwasher detergents in this post.

If you’re looking for an in-depth cleaning guide, my brand-new PDF packet, Clean Mama’s Guide to a Clean Home: Finding Peace in Your Routine has amazing checklists, a quick-start guide, DIY cleaning recipes and more. Check it out here.

See all the posts for the Spring Cleaning Month series here.