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Vinegar can be added to a dishwasher in several ways, by pouring it directly in the bottom of the dishwasher, in a container on the top rack or by adding it to the rinse aid compartment.


According to Better Homes and Gardens, white vinegar can be used to clean the inside of dishwashers. Vinegar not only disinfects dishwashers, but it can help reduce odors as well.


To clean a dishwasher with vinegar, first clean the filter and filter tray, pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher, and deodorize your dishwasher with baking soda. This process takes up to 10 hours and requires white vinegar and baking soda.


Vinegar and bleach are excellent dishwasher cleaning agents, but they should be used separately. Vinegar can be used as part of a weekly cleaning routine, whereas bleach only needs to be used if there is staining or mold.


Vinegar effectively removes bad smells from dishwashers due to its acidic property. Vinegar deodorizes, cleans and helps remove residual detergent, advises About.com. Additional green deodorizers are baking soda and citric acid.


The age of a dishwasher is dependent on the date of manufacture. A homeowner can find out the age of a dishwasher by looking at the manufacturer sticker printed on the appliance. Subtract the year of manufacture from the current year to learn how old the appliance is.


To use a dishwasher, scrape the dishes, load dishwasher-safe pans, platters, plates and large bowls onto the bottom rack, and place silverware in the cutlery basket. Load glasses, cups, bowls, lids and dishwasher-safe plastic items on the top rack. Add detergent, shut the door and select the desired


A dishwasher works by heating and pumping water and detergent over the dishes and then rinsing them with clean water. Dishwashers utilize a pump, heating element, and high-pressure water jets to clean and sanitize dishes.


According to CBS News, a typical dishwasher has a life expectancy of about nine years. This information is important if the dishwasher requires repair. Sometimes it is not advisable to fix an older machine.


Using vinegar or unsweetened lemonade are two of the best ways to clean a dishwasher to avoid using toxic chemicals, according to HowtoCleanStuff.net. Commercial-grade cleaners are available at building supply stores in some areas, but they must be handled and stored properly.