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How would most of us survive without our dishwashers? Some of us actually don’t really mind doing the dishes with our hands and that’s really cool, but for those of us who can’t do that, we need our dishwashers to do it for us. Here is how to clean a dishwasher that smells.


Can you even imagine doing the dishes by hand after large cooking, like a family cookout, BBQ, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day dinners, I am sure you can’t imagine that.


However, anything that is used frequently with water will attract sediments, which are the remains of the water.

If you must know, water contains calcium, which, when dried, will form a hard white particle. This is called limescale and can be very hard to remove. That’s not your biggest problem, believe it or not, there are a lot of other disgusting things building up in your dishwasher’s drain.

These are hidden gunk and grime and they are in our dishwashers’ drain. This can cause the drain to be blocked, pushing back all that grime and gunk on the dishes, and when you run your washer, all that bacteria comes out on your dishes and onto your table.

Nope, that will have to stop. Cleaning your dishwasher is the only way to be sure that your dishes are clean.


Cleaning the Drain


Cleaning with Vinegar and baking soda:

Remove the racks, and measure 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1 cup INDUSTRIAL VINEGAR in separate containers. Next, you will need a little pot of [hot water] but that’s for later so you can go ahead and set it on the stove.

Pour vinegar and baking soda into that little basket at the bottom of your dishwasher. Let it sit for 30 minutes. This is your dishwasher’s drain. NOTE: INDUSTRIAL VINEGAR IS ONLY USED FOR CLEANING PURPOSES, NOT FOR CONSUMPTION.


How to Freshen Up a Dishwasher with Cool-Aide:

This sounds cliche but it works. Simply sprinkle the cool-aid in the drainage area and run the dishwasher. The smell of the cool-Aide will remove any bad odor, leaving your dishwasher smelling fresh.

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To clean the interior, simply use Dawn Dish Soap on a sponge to clean the sides and bottom of the washer, making sure every corner is lathered. Your hot water should be ready at this time.





Slowly pour the hot water into the white basket. The hot water will wash away the greasy residue that was broken down by the vinegar and baking soda.




How to clean a dishwasher with vinegar
How to clean a dishwasher with vinegar


Spray the racks with a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar combined with two tbsp of baking soda. This should loosen the stuck-on food so it can be easily washed.

You can use an old toothbrush to scrub away the gunk from the hidden corners. Replace the racks in their slots, turn on the washer, and allow it to rinse.




How to clean a dishwasher
How to clean a dishwasher that smells

With this simple dishwasher cleaning tip, you can be certain your dishwasher is clean and your drain flowing just right, but best of all. your dishes will be 100% clean for another delicious dinner.


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