How To Sterilize Your Dishwasher

The dishwasher is probably one of the most used appliances in your home. It makes life so much easier and saves time. Everyone loves throwing their dirty dishes into the dishwasher and having them come out magically clean. It sure beats the alternative of spending hours washing everything by hand. Your dishwasher can get dirty and even smelly overtime. There’s a lot of old food and grease floating around in there that can cause problems. They can create mold, foul odors, and can clogs and breakdown your dishwasher. It’s important to clean sanitize it every once in a while to avoid problems, and keep it running well. Here are the steps to take to easily sanitize your dishwasher.


Start by filling up the kitchen sink dish soap and warm water. You’ll need to make sure you use your sink’s stopper for this. Take out the filter in your dishwasher and clean it in the sink. Yes, you have to clean some parts by hand!


Then remove any attachments and removable pieces, this includes utensil holders. You want to wash them by hand to really get them clean and remove any hidden food debris and gunk. 


Take out the bottom rack and take a look at the bottom part of the dishwasher. Remove any debris that’s lingering in there especially in and around the drain. Check any crevices and hard to reach areas for hidden debris. Then wipe the area clean and put the bottom rack back in. 


Put your dishwasher on the longest and hottest setting. When the dishwasher start filling up with water put in 2 cups of white vinegar. Let the mixture staying there uninterrupted for at least 30 minutes. 


 After about 30 minutes, use a small brush or a toothbrush to scrub the inside of your dishwasher. Make sure you really clean the corners, soap dispenser, the drain, and any remaining crevice. Debris loves to stick to these areas and cause problems.


Once you’re satisfied with the job you’ve done close your dishwasher and let it run. If this is the first time you sanitize your dishwasher, or it’s been a long time since you sanitized it, it’s a good idea to run it on a second cycle. 


 After that your dishwasher should be good as new and smelling great. It’s good to do this every few months to ensure the health of your dishwasher.