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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

DishwasherWhen was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? As you ponder this question, you may think to yourself, "Why would I clean something that cleans my dishes on a weekly basis?"

Even though you run hot water and soap through your dishwasher several times a week, this appliance can be a hotspot for bacteria, mold, soap scum and more to build up. Not only is this unhealthy, but your dishes might not be as clean as you hope. Here are 5 easy steps to get your dishwasher spotless:

Step 1: Run the Dishwasher

The first thing you'll need to do is run the dishwasher. Go ahead and load it up with dishes if you have dirty ones stacked up, but it's not necessary

Step 2: Remove Racks

After the dishwasher has finished its cycle - and you put the dishes away - take out the racks and utensil holders. If these are particularly grimy, give them an overnight soak in some soapy water.

Step 3: Clear The Drain

Next, you'll want to check out the drain. Be sure it's clear so water, soap and excess food left on dishes can wash away unhindered. Also make sure the holes on the spinning arms on the bottom are clear. This is where the water will come from. Carefully use a toothpick to remove anything blocking the water's path.

Step 4: Brush With Vinegar

Some homes in Durham, North Carolina, might find they have hard water buildup inside their dishwasher. Vinegar is an effective and easy way to get rid of this. Use a toothbrush to scrub any difficult spots. Putting vinegar in the detergent holder and running a hot-water cycle will also get vinegar into hard-to-reach places.

Step 5: Run The Dishwasher Again

Follow up with another hot-water cycle, but instead of vinegar, use baking soda. This will take away odors and make your dishwasher sparkle.

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