Cleaning 101: How to Clean a Dishwasher

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda – see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

We are now officially halfway through this summer's Cleaning 101 series! I've got another “I never think to do this” cleaning task for today's post – deep cleaning your dishwasher. It's one of those things that we all (myself included) forget to do, but if done properly, can seriously impact day to day chores in your home.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

If you're anything like our family, you run your dishwasher at least once a day. This is especially true since we've all been home (and eating every meal at home) during quarantine. Those dishes from snacks and meals add up quickly! After awhile, we noticed that our dishwasher wasn't drying as well and just didn't knock out stubborn messes as well as it did when it was new. We attributed it to the age of the dishwasher.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

As it turns out, it just needed a deep cleaning! I had no idea what kind of impact this would have on the dishwasher. Not only is it drying better, but the cleaning seems much more efficient since we did these few little tasks.

Let's take a look how to clean a dishwasher to make it so much more efficient!

How to Clean a Dishwasher

Start off with a completely empty dishwasher (which is like spotting a unicorn, I know – just pile those dishes in the sink for now). Pull out the racks and take a look at the bottom of the dishwasher.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

That round thing you see is the filter. It's going to look a little different in every dishwasher, but your unit should look something like this. Remove the filter from the dishwasher (you might have to turn to dislodge it).

Get ready to be grossed out.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

As my four year old says, “pea yuck.” I bet you had no idea this was even there – much less how nasty it was! Rest assured, it's simple to clean.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

Just use a little bit of dish soap and a small scrub brush to get in there and dislodge any deposits and dirt. An old toothbrush might also help get into the nooks and crannies. Give it a good rinse and *important* place it back in the dishwasher before moving on.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

If you've read any of the other Cleaning 101 series posts, the fact that I use vinegar and baking soda to do this deep clean will be no surprise to you. They are simply the most useful cleaning ingredients out there! I also love that they are non-toxic, especially in an area where my family's dishes will go.

Spray the entire inside of the dishwasher (including racks) with vinegar and sprinkle baking soda all over. It will fizz a little – that's normal. Use the baking soda and a sponge/scrubber to scrub any dirty areas.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

Next, place a dishwasher-safe bowl with about a cup of vinegar in the top rack.

Close it up and use the high temp wash setting on your dishwasher to run a full cycle.

This post shows how to deep clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda - see how to remove the filter and make your dishwasher so much more efficient when cleaning and drying!

And, in just a couple of hours (with very little effort), you'll have a new and improved dishwasher! This is one of those cleaning tasks you won't notice as much in looks as you will in efficiency; your dishwasher should wash and dry better after completing this.

Clean on, cleaner friends!

Catch up on the rest of the Cleaning 101 series with the links below.

How to Clean a Microwave

How to Clean Cast Iron

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

How to Clean a Dishwasher (you're here!)

How to Deep Clean a Dryer

How to Clean Upholstered Furniture

How to Clean an Oven

How to Clean a Mattress

How to Clean Grout

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  1. Mandy Ehrig says:

    Do you have a 2020 teacher planner/notebook?

    1. It’s coming next week!