Things You'll Need
Liquid dish washing soap
Hotpoint manufactures a line of home appliances that includes refrigerators, ranges, microwaves and dishwashers. Though Hotpoint machines are built for quality, over time soap, dirt, oil and food residue can build up causing an appliance to function at a less than optimal level. Even if the dishes are coming out clean, to run at an optimal level a Hotpoint dishwasher needs to be cleaned at least once a month.
Run the dishwasher through a complete cycle and then remove any dishes from the racks. Visually inspect the empty dishwasher to identify any obvious problem areas.
Inspect the spinning arms of the dishwasher; ensure none of the holes are clogged with rubbish as this will prevent the water from reaching the dishes. If the openings are congested, pluck the debris out with a pair of tweezers.
Remove the lower rack from the dishwasher and gently scrape away any food or other solid items from the drain. If a great deal of debris has accumulated around the drain, it might be a good idea to don a pair of rubber gloves first.
Dip an old toothbrush in white vinegar and brush the rubber seal around the door of the dishwasher. Pay particular attention to the cracks and crevices in the seal, as this is where bacteria and other undesirable debris tend to accumulate.
Soak a soft sponge in a mixture of mild liquid dish washing soap and hot water. Using the soapy water, wipe the door removing any grime that may have been knocked loose with the toothbrush. Then apply the soapy water to the interior surfaces of the dishwasher, scrubbing away any food particles, grease or dirt.
Place 1 cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup or bowl. Position the dish right-side up on the top rack of the dishwasher. Set the dishwasher on its hottest setting and allow it to run one complete cycle. Vinegar is a mild acid. Combined with hot water it will help to remove any greasy build-up from the interior of the dishwasher.
Remove the vinegar cup from the dishwasher and add 1 tbsp. of chlorine bleach. Return the cup to the top dishwasher rack and run another full cycle. This will remove any mold or mildew and it will sanitize the machine.
Lemon juice or lemonade flavor powdered drink mix can be substituted for vinegar, if desired.