How Do You Clean Your Dishwasher?

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Just like anything else in your house, your appliances need some house cleaning attention from time to time. Though it might seem excessive to wash the dishwasher when it's already running a cycle every day, bits of food and grime accumulate in places the spray doesn't reach. This can make your dishwasher less effective—and hold onto more germs.

Thankfully, cleaning the dishwasher isn't extremely hard and won't take too much time. If you do it once a month, it should stay fairly clean!

Three Easy Steps

The best news about cleaning the dishwasher is that there's only a couple of things that you actively have to do. Keep reading for the three steps that will make your dishwasher clean again:

Step #1: Scrub the seal. This is the part that will take the longest. The water can't reach the edge of the dishwasher door directly, but it can splash in, carrying food and dirt with it. Grab an old toothbrush, dip it in vinegar, and scrub around the edge of the door, especially in the seal. Make sure you push the debris out of the nooks and crannies so you can wipe it up easily.

Step #2: Remove the gunk. Using a rag or paper towel, remove the gunk that came out of the seal as well as the crumbs and debris at the bottom of the dishwasher (you'll probably need to take the bottom rack out for this). Get as much out as you possibly can; ideally, there won't be any food left in the dishwasher.

Step #3: Run a vinegar cycle. You can either dump vinegar straight into the bottom of the dishwasher or fill a cup with vinegar and put it on the top rack. Then, turn the hot water on in your sink. Once it runs hot, turn the dishwasher to it's highest/hottest clean setting and let it run. The steam and vinegar will clean and disinfect the dishwasher for you!

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