Although it may seem like an oxymoron, disinfecting the dishwasher once every two months is a good way to reduce bacteria buildup in hard-to-reach areas of the dishwasher. It's also a part of sound routine maintenance. Companies market dishwasher cleaners, but you can find inexpensive alternatives in your home.
Things You'll Need
- Abrasive sponge
- Soft toothbrush
Remove dishes from the dishwasher. Remove the upper and lower dish racks. Inspect the drain. Wipe away any debris with a sponge. Pull out the filter and glass catch, if there is one. Dispose of debris, rinse those parts in warm, soapy water and replace.
Use vinegar to reduce soap buildup, and remove stains by scrubbing with an abrasive sponge. Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain as well.
Mix warm water and bleach at a ratio of 10 parts to 1. Use that solution with a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean crevices, corners and the seal along the outer edge of the door.
Use the bleach solution with an abrasive sponge to remove any deposits of grime on the dish racks and silverware compartment.
Replace the racks inside the dishwasher to their usual position. Pour a cup of bleach inside the dishwasher, then run it through a normal cycle.
Tips & Warnings
- If you use ammonia or any cleaning product that contains it, do not mix it with bleach. The combination can form a hazardous toxic gas.
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