How to deodorize a dishwasher

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How to deodorize a dishwasher
Deodorising your dishwasher takes little time and effort. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Your dishwasher sees a lot of grime. Leftover food particles from your dishes can accumulate inside of your dishwasher over time, leaving your dishwasher smelling less than fresh. You can buy commercial products to deodorise your dishwasher, but such products are often expensive. Deodorise your dishwasher for a fraction of the cost with inexpensive products you likely already have in your home.

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Old toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Rags
  • Dishwasher-safe cup
  • White vinegar

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  1. 1

    Empty the dishwasher. Take out any of the small removable racks such as the utensil holder.

  2. 2

    Fill the kitchen sink with hot, soapy water. Dip an old toothbrush into the soapy water and scrub all along the inside of the dishwasher door. Scrub thoroughly in any crevices and along the rubber seal.

  3. 3

    Dip a sponge into the hot, soapy water. Use the sponge to wipe away the loosened grime from scrubbing with the brush. Wipe down the sides and door of the dishwasher with the sponge and soapy water.

  4. 4

    Remove the bottom rack from the dishwasher. Use a rag and hot, soapy water to wipe out the bottom of the machine, paying special attention to the drain area where food accumulates. Put the bottom rack back inside the dishwasher.

  5. 5

    Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar. Set the cup in the top rack of the dishwasher. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom floor of the dishwasher as well.

  6. 6

    Run the dishwasher through a complete wash cycle using the hottest water temperature you can. Do not add any soap to the dishwasher.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of using white vinegar, baking soda can be sprinkled inside of the bottom of the machine to clean and deodorise.
  • Clean small removable racks and holders in the sink with hot, soapy water. Replace these holders and racks before running the dishwasher through the cycle with vinegar.

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