How to Clean the Inside of a Maytag Dishwasher

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves

  • Dishwasher Liquid detergent

  • Tooth brush

  • Sponge

  • Paper towels

  • Stainless steel cleaner

  • White vinegar

  • Measuring cup

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Maytag dishwashers should be cleaned occasionally, just as any dishwasher, to perform at their best. Grime from food can gradually build up on the interior. This grime can be deposited on the dishes you are trying to clean. Maytag dishwasher interiors are either plastic or stainless steel. Cleaning methods are different for each, respectively.

Plastic Interior

Step 1

Put on rubber gloves and wet a tooth brush under running water. Place a drop of liquid dishwasher detergent and use the brush to clean around the rubber seal of the door, as recommended by Food and grime tend to collect in this area.

Step 2

Wet a sponge in warm water. Pour liquid dishwasher detergent on the sponge, as directed by If you use powder instead of liquid, simply sprinkle enough powder on the wet sponge to create a thin paste.

Step 3

Wipe the interior of the dishwasher with the sponge, making sure to get the corners. Pull out the bottom rack to access the floor of the dishwasher. Wipe around the drain to remove particles that collected there. If you notice larger pieces of debris, carefully remove these with paper towels.

Step 4

Rinse out the sponge in hot water. Wipe this damp sponge over the dishwasher’s interior to rinse off excess detergent.

Stainless Steel Interior

Step 1

Put on rubber gloves. Use a wet toothbrush, with a drop of detergent, to clean around the door seal.

Step 2

Apply stainless steel cleaner to a damp sponge, as recommends for stainless steel interiors.

Step 3

Scrub all the interior with the stainless steel cleaner. Rinse out the sponge and then wipe it down again.


Use a white vinegar wash to remove mineral deposits on the interior, as recommended by If you do this after cleaning, make sure to rinse the interior well first to get rid of detergent residue. recommends doing the following with the vinegar: Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into a glass measuring cup. Place this on the lowest rack. Run the dishwasher through a full wash cycle and an air dry cycle (or energy saving low-heat cycle).