How To Dissolve Congealed Dishwasher Detergent

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You use your dishwasher to clean things, but it also needs to be cleaned. With repeated use, stains build up from soap scum and undissolved, congealed dishwasher detergent. A regular, bimonthly cleaning helps keep your dishwasher at top performance. Dissolve congealed dishwasher detergent and remove stains with simple supplies found in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Dishwasher-safe bowl
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean cloths
  • Wipe out as many clumps of congealed dishwasher detergent as possible using paper towels.

  • Fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with 1 cup of white vinegar. Set the bowl in the top rack of your empty dishwasher.

  • Run your dishwasher on a full clean-and-rinse cycle with a hot-water wash. The vinegar steam loosens soap scum and congealed dishwasher detergent.

  • Wet a sponge with water. Sprinkle baking soda over the sponge for extra scrubbing power.

  • Scrub the interior of your dishwasher with the baking soda to remove soap residue loosened by the vinegar. Use a toothbrush and baking soda to clean hard-to-reach places.

  • Wipe the dishwasher surfaces with a damp cloth. Dry them with another cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • As an alternative to using a bowl of vinegar, pour 2 cups of white vinegar directly into the bottom of the dishwasher before running the machine through its cycle.

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