Dishwashers, like other household appliances, get dirty. However, unlike a fridge or an oven, cleaning a dishwasher can be much more complicated, and one may not even know where to begin. For a few quick and easy solutions to getting your dishwasher spotless, read on:
1. Run Vinegar Through It
One of the easiest ways that you can get a dishwasher more spotless than it's ever been is to pour a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher, close the dishwasher's door, and turn it on a heavy cleaning cycle. When it's done, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom. Let this soak for approximately 24 hours - then, run a heavy cycle once more. Your dishwasher will smell fresher than it ever has.
2. Scrub Away with Borax
If you want to really put some elbow grease in it, you can use Borax - a naturally occurring substance that's known for its cleaning powers. Use a cleaning sponge and Borax, get down on your hands and knees, and scrub for all it's worth. When you're done, load up your dishwasher and pour a quarter cup of Borax on the bottom. Just like you did with the vinegar, run the cycle on high (yes, you can leave your dishes in - they'll get sparkling clean, too).
Based on the fact that the vinegar method requires no scrubbing, it is often preferable. A good thing to note as well is that both Borax and vinegar are natural cleaning methods - no harsh chemical required! While using bleach can be effective, bleach can be dangerous and can harm the health of those suffering from autoimmune diseases, asthma, allergies, and more.