Best dishwasher cleaning solutions and methods
There are many home cleaning solutions that work well on dishwashers. So whether you want a frugal cleaning solution or you’re trying to avoid harsh chemicals, chances are you’ve already got the ingredients for a few DIY cleaners to hand.
How to clean dishwasher drain with baking soda and vinegar
You already know how to clean your dishwasher with vinegar, but you can get even more cleaning power by adding baking soda to the mix. When combined, baking soda and vinegar trigger a chemical reaction that’s harmless to humans, but devastating to dirt.
To clean your dishwasher, first remove the bottom rack and sprinkle the floor of your washer with 1 cup of baking soda. Then place 1 cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe bowl and place it on the top rack. Run a hot water cycle. The soda and vinegar will combine in the dishwasher and produce a powerful cleaning effect.
How to clean dishwasher without vinegar
You can also make a DIY dishwasher cleaner without vinegar. Citric acid granules make a great all-purpose cleaner, and in a pinch you can even use a sachet of lemonade mix. Just make sure it’s an unsweetened packet, because sugar and hot water make a sticky mess. Simply sprinkle the citric acid across the floor of the dishwasher and run a hot cycle. You can also do this with baking soda as well. The vinegar creates a chemical reaction that boosts its cleaning power, but baking soda alone is already a powerful cleaning ingredient.
Is vinegar bad for dishwashers?
Vinegar is acidic, and therefore can be corrosive. That leaves some people concerned it may cause damage. The acetic acid in vinegar can reduce the lifespan of rubber gaskets and hoses. However, by placing vinegar in a bowl inside the dishwasher, the components only come into contact with a very dilute solution, reducing the chances of vinegar causing any harm.
How to clean a dishwasher with bleach
If your dishwasher is looking particularly dingy, it’s tempting to reach for the bleach. While bleach will kill bacteria and pathogens, and can be an effective cleaner, avoid using it on machines with stainless steel parts, as bleach will damage the finish.
To use bleach, place 1 cup in a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack and run a hot water cycle.
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