How to Clean Inside a Dishwasher (Using Natural Ingredients)

In just a few simple steps, you can clean and deodorize the inside of your dishwasher using common household ingredients. It's super inexpensive to do, and your dishes will come out of the dishwasher super clean!

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(Image: Jessica Kielman)

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Lemon essential oils (optional)


It's a good idea to clean your dishwasher at least once a month to ensure it runs properly and really cleans your dishes.

Step 1:

Remove the bottom rack and spray the inside of your dishwasher liberally with vinegar.

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Step 2:

Use a clean cloth to wipe down the seal and inside of your dishwasher.

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Step 3:

Replace the bottom rack into your dishwasher. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher.

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Step 4:

Add 1 cup of baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher. Optional: Add 3 drops of lemon essential oils to deodorize.

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Step 5:

Run your dishwasher on the Light Wash cycle.

Cleaning your dishwasher once a month will not only make your dishes cleaner, but will deter mold and mildew from forming too. This method no only disinfects and cleans the inside of your dishwasher, but also helps clean the plumbing that is connected to your dishwasher as well.

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