How To Dissolve Congealed Dishwasher Detergent


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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