Are your dishes emerging from the dishwasher less than sparkling, accompanied by a lingering, unpleasant odor? It may be time to give your trusty dishwasher a thorough cleaning. Fear not, for one of the most effective and eco-friendly solutions lies in your pantry: vinegar. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll show you how to clean your dishwasher with vinegar, ensuring your dishes emerge pristine and your kitchen stays fresh.

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Clean Your Dishwasher with Vinegar

Materials You’ll Need:

Before we dive into the cleaning process, gather these essential materials:

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • A soft brush or toothbrush

  • A dishwasher-safe bowl or cup

  • Dish soap

  • Clean, dry cloth or towel

    Clean your Dishwasher with Vinegar

    Step 1: Empty the Dishwasher

    Start by making sure your dishwasher is completely empty. Remove any dishes, utensils, and racks from the dishwasher, so you have full access to all the interior surfaces.

    Step 2: Check the Filter

    The filter is a crucial part of your dishwasher that needs regular cleaning. It traps food particles and debris to prevent them from clogging the drainage system. To access the filter, follow these steps:

    • Remove the bottom rack to expose the filter assembly.
    • Twist or lift the filter cover to remove it.
    • Carefully take out the filter.
    • Rinse the filter under warm, running water to remove any debris. Use a soft brush or toothbrush to scrub away stubborn residue.
    • Let the filter air dry while you proceed with the next steps.

    Step 3: Wipe Down Interior Surfaces

    Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the interior surfaces of the dishwasher. Pay close attention to the sides, door, and the area around the door seal where food particles can accumulate. If you encounter stubborn stains or mineral deposits, a paste made from baking soda and water can help scrub them away.

    Step 4: Run a Vinegar Cycle

    Place a dishwasher-safe bowl or cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Make sure there are no dishes inside. Then, run a hot water cycle without detergent. The vinegar will help break down and remove mineral deposits and odors from the dishwasher’s interior.

    Step 5: Baking Soda Finish

    After the vinegar cycle is complete, sprinkle about a cup of baking soda on the dishwasher floor. Baking soda is excellent for deodorizing and further cleaning. Run a short, hot water cycle once more.

    Step 6: Reassemble and Test

    After completing the cleaning cycles, reassemble the filter and put the bottom rack back into the dishwasher. Ensure everything is properly seated and secured.

    Step 7: Maintain Regular Cleaning

    To keep your dishwasher in top condition, perform this cleaning routine every month or as needed. Regular maintenance will not only improve your dishwasher’s performance but also extend its lifespan.

    By following these simple steps

    and using vinegar as your cleaning agent, you’ll have a clean and fresh-smelling dishwasher that’s ready to tackle your next load of dishes, leaving them sparkling and spotless.

    Clean your Dishwasher with Vinegar

    Dishwasher Cleaning with EarthSential

    To take your dishwasher cleaning routine a step further in an eco-friendly direction, consider using EarthSential all-purpose cleaner for the final touch. This environmentally conscious cleaning product is not only effective but also safe for you, your family, and the planet. Simply spritz the interior of your dishwasher with EarthSential, wipe down the surfaces with a clean cloth or sponge, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with using a cleaner that’s free of harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. With EarthSential, you can maintain a sparkling clean dishwasher while contributing to a healthier home and a cleaner Earth.


    I recently tried EarthSential to clean my home, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. What sets EarthSential apart for me is the fact that it’s hypoallergenic. As someone with allergies, finding a cleaning product that doesn’t trigger sneezing fits or skin irritations has been a challenge. EarthSential not only met but exceeded my expectations.

    Not only did it tackle the dirt and grime effectively, but I also noticed a significant improvement in the air quality in my home. No more itchy eyes or stuffy nose after cleaning. It’s truly a game-changer for those of us who value a cleaner and healthier living environment.

    I’ve found my go-to cleaner in EarthSential, and I plan to keep using it. It’s a win-win – a powerful cleaning ally that’s gentle on my allergies. Highly recommended!


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