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Keeping your dishwasher clean is important for maintaining its performance and preventing odors.

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Here's a general guide on how to clean it:

Gather your supplies:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Dishwasher cleaner (optional, check your dishwasher's manual for recommendations)
  • Sponge or microfiber cloth


  1. Empty the dishwasher: Remove all dishes, utensils, and any racks that are removable.

  2. Clean the filter: Locate the dishwasher filter, usually at the bottom of the dishwasher. Consult your dishwasher's manual for specific instructions on removing and cleaning the filter. Typically, you can remove any food scraps or debris and rinse it under running water.

  3. Clean the interior:

    • Vinegar method:¬†Pour 1-2 cups of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe glass or bowl and place it on the top rack. Run a hot water cycle without detergent.
    • Baking soda method (optional):¬†After the vinegar cycle, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run another hot water cycle.
  4. Clean the spray arms: Check the spray arms for any clogs or debris. You can usually remove them by hand and rinse them under running water.

  5. Clean the door gasket: Wipe down the door gasket with a damp cloth to remove any food particles or buildup.

  6. Run a cleaning cycle (optional): Some dishwashers have a dedicated cleaning cycle. If yours does, consult the manual and run that cycle after cleaning the interior.

  7. Wipe down the exterior: Use a damp cloth to clean the outside of the dishwasher.


  • You can repeat this process every 1-3 months, depending on how often you use your dishwasher.
  • For stubborn stains, you can make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub the affected area.
  • Always refer to your dishwasher's manual for specific cleaning instructions.

Following these steps will help you keep your dishwasher clean and functioning properly.

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