How Do You Clean a Dishwasher?


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To clean the dishwasher, you must wipe the door, wash out the tub with vinegar and clean any remaining accessories. You need a toothbrush, soft cloths and sponges to complete this project. You can use an unsweetened lemonade powder or baking soda for extra freshness.

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  1. Wipe the door

    Clean the outside of the dishwasher with warm, soapy water. Open the door to wash around the sides, and use a toothbrush to scrub hinges and grooves. Remove any residue with a sponge soaked in water. Use another wet sponge to wipe down the area.

  2. Wash the tub

    Make sure the dishwasher is empty. Wipe the base of the dishwasher with a paper towel before washing the tub. Place a single cup of white vinegar on top of the rack, and run the washer on a full cycle with hot water. When the cycle is finished, wipe the inside with paper towels and a dry cloth. Place a cup of baking soda or lemonade mix on the bottom rack, and run the dishwasher again with hot water.

  3. Clean remaining accessories

    Remove all racks and utensil holders. Wipe away any lingering debris. Clean the spray arm with a toothbrush or cloth to get rid of clogs.

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