A dishwasher is probably one of the most utilized appliances in your home. And yet there are chances that when you clean your house, you never think about the fact that your dish cleaner needs cleaning too. To some, it may seem like their dishwasher should clean itself every time they use it. But the reality is different. If you don’t go for cleaning it, your dishwasher can get dirty. Dishwasher feels like a self-cleaning device – since it’s cleaning other stuff, but it doesn’t clean itself.

You would have probably seen food getting trapped in the strainer of your sink; similarly, the food also gets stuck in the dishwasher’s filter, and it requires regular cleaning if you want to properly clean dishes. If your dishes aren’t getting cleaned properly, it might be because your dishwasher’s filter is clogged.

If you’ve never cleaned your dishwasher ever before, then it’ll be a daunting task for you. But don’t worry, we have created a complete guide on how to clean your dishwasher. So, let’s get started.

Step 1: Check dishwasher filter

Not all the dishwashers come with a removable filter, but if your dishwasher has one, manufacturers say you should check it to see whether it’s time to clean your dishwasher or not. If you have an old model of a dishwasher, then you should just make sure you clean your dishwasher every 2-3 months. You’ll also know that it’s time to clean your dishwasher when it starts to smell or when your dishes are not coming out clean anymore.

Step 2: Use a dishwasher cleaner tablets

Properly cleaning your dishwasher isn’t a big deal. You can easily find dishwasher cleaning tablets that are designed to go into the detergent compartment of a dishwasher and give in a thorough cleaning. All you need to do is, make your dishwasher empty, you throw the tablet in there, then you run the machine, and you’re done. We recommend you to use these tablets once in 3 months.

Step 3: Using baking soda to get rid of the smell

Is the inside of your dishwasher giving bad odor? If so, then there’s a simple solution: Baking soda. All you need to do is coat the bottom of your dishwasher with one cup of baking soda and just leave it open throughout the night. That will help you get rid of that bad smell.

Step 4: Use vinegar

You can run a cleaning cycle with vinegar because vinegar helps in breaking down soap scum. That’s why I strongly recommend you run your dishwasher with just 1 cup of vinegar after letting the baking soda sit.

Step 5: Run dishwasher on the hottest setting

The last step in our dishwasher cleaning guide is running a cycle with hot water. This final step helps all the magic happen. Just make sure when you’re running this cycle, the dishwasher should be completely empty!

Step 6: Use a baking soda to get clear out any remaining residue

After completing the cleaning process, look at the sides of the door of the dishwasher when you open it up, as it can get really dirty and caked with the crust. To get this area cleaned too, we recommend you make a paste of water and baking soda or a small amount of dish soap and baking soda and apply it using a toothbrush. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then wipe it off using a damp cloth.

When it’s all done, you’ll feel like you live in the cleanest house in the city.