How to Clean a Dishwasher with Vinegar? Cleaning your dishwasher with vinegar is a simple and effective way to remove mineral deposits, limescales, and unpleasant odors. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your dishwasher using vinegar:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda (optional)
- Soft cloth or sponge
- Toothpick or small brush
- Dish soap
Empty the Dishwasher:
- Remove any dishes, utensils, or racks from the dishwasher. Make sure the dishwasher is completely empty before starting the cleaning process.
Inspect the Drain:
- Check the dishwasher drain for any debris or food particles. Use a toothpick or a small brush to clean out any clogs. A clean drain ensures proper drainage during the cleaning process.
Wipe Down the Seals and Edges:
- Inspect the rubber seals around the dishwasher door for any food residue or mold. Wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge. Also, clean the edges of the dishwasher door and frame.
Run a Vinegar Cycle:
- Place a dishwasher-safe container filled with about 1 cup of white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on a hot water cycle. The vinegar will help remove mineral deposits and eliminate odors.
- Baking Soda Boost (Optional):
- For an extra cleaning boost, you can sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher after the vinegar cycle. Run a short hot water cycle to help neutralize odors and enhance the cleaning process.
Wipe Down the Interior:
- Once the cycle is complete, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the interior surfaces of the dishwasher. Pay attention to corners, edges, and any areas with visible stains or deposits.
Clean the Spray Arm:
- Remove the dishwasher’s spray arm if possible. Rinse it under running water to remove any debris. Use a toothpick or a small brush to clean the spray arm’s nozzles.
Clean the Filter (if applicable):
- If your dishwasher has a filter, remove it and clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some filters can be rinsed under running water, while others may need more thorough cleaning.
- Run a short hot water cycle with no detergent or additives to rinse away any remaining vinegar or residue from the cleaning process.
- To prevent future build-up, regularly clean the dishwasher by running a vinegar cycle once a month and wiping down the interior and seals.
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