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Kitchen Cleaning

How to Clean the Dishwasher

Regular cleaning can help keep your dishwasher working at its best for sparkling clean results. These steps explain how to clean & take care of your appliance.

A dishwasher is undoubtedly a great addition to every kitchen. Having one is not only useful after a big meal or a party, when the dirty dishes are piling up in the kitchen, but it also makes everyday washing up a lot easier. However, since your dishwasher does such a good job of cleaning your dishes, it is sometimes tempting to forget that it might need some cleaning itself to function at its very best.

These simple tips for cleaning the dishwasher will help you keep your favourite kitchen gadget in great shape – so you won’t have to wash curry-stained plates and piles of mugs by hand anytime soon!

Cleaning the Dishwasher in 4 Simple Steps


1) Getting started

  • If you’re wondering where to start with cleaning a dishwasher, first of all make sure the machine is empty and put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • Next, remove all the utensil holders and racks within the dishwasher.
  • Remove any graters, filters, or other parts that can be removed from within the dishwasher.
  • Then remove as much food residue stuck to the dishwasher parts as you can reach easily.

2) Clean the door

  • Wipe the outside of the door with hot water to clean any fingerprints or dirt that may have accumulated.
  • Then move on to the inside of the door, using a small amount of liquid dishwashing soap (like Vim Liquid Lemon) and hot water to remove any built-up grease stains. Remember to follow any instructions on your product’s label and to rinse thoroughly.

3) Clean the inside of the dishwasher and other parts of the dishwasher

  • As a dishwasher cleaner, a solution of vinegar and hot water does a great job – simply mix one part vinegar with five parts water.
  • Soak a cloth in the solution and wipe the inside of the dishwasher.
  • Place all the dishwasher parts in the sink or a bowl or bucket filled with the vinegar solution to clean them.
  • Tiny bits of stuck on food are the toughest stains to tackle here, so you need to scrub a little harder to get rid of any dried on food residue. If the food debris proves to be stubborn, you can use a soft brush or an old, clean toothbrush to give you that extra scrubbing power needed. You can also let these stains soak for a few minutes, which should make them easier to remove.

4) Cleaning the dishwasher with cleaning products or with vinegar

For a deep clean of your whole dishwasher, put the racks and other parts back inside. Place a cup filled with white vinegar on one of the racks inside the dishwasher, and run a full cycle with the hottest water possible.

Alternatively, you can use a product specifically designed to clean the dishwasher. Just follow the directions on the label before using.

When the cycle is finished, open it up and enjoy using your clean dishwasher. With these simple steps, cleaning the dishwasher is easy – so there’s no excuse for dirty dishes piling up!

Top Tip

After a dishwashing cycle has finished, it’s a good idea to quickly clean the filter and remove any particles of food or debris that may have collected at the bottom of the machine.