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How to Get a Dishwasher to Clean Better

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When we bought our first home in Florida, I was so excited to finally get a dishwasher for the first time!

But after using my dishwasher for a few months, my excitement started to wane because my dishes were not coming out clean from the dishwasher. I was having to rewash half of the dishes!

After much trail and error, I found 3 tips that make my dishwasher clean better!

How to Get Dishwasher to Clean Better

1. Rinse dishes off as soon as possible.

The longer food particles sit on the dishes, the harder and more stuck on to the dishes they become. As soon as you are done using your dishes, rinse them off and put them directly in the dishwasher. Don’t just leave them in the sink.

2. Leave some space between your dishes.

I know how easy it is to overcrowd the dishwasher and try to fit as many dishes as you can into the dishwasher, but that may be part of the reason your dishes are coming out dirty.

Instead of overcrowding, leave some space between the dishes, especially plates, bowls, and pans. If you can see a little empty space in your dishwasher that is best. The water needs a way to get to the dishes, and if the dishes are stacked closely together it is hard for the water to reach all the dishes.

3. Run a cleaning cycle through your dishwasher.

It is easy to forget that the dishwasher needs cleaned itself since it’s job is to clean, but it will clean your dishes better if it is cleaned every 6 months.

To clean the dishwasher follow these steps:

  •  Empty dishwasher of all dishes.
  •  Take out any removable parts from the dishwasher. For me that included the float, spray nozzle, and silverware container.
  •  Wash the removable parts with warm soapy water.
  •  While the parts are out, clear out any debris on the bottom of the dishwasher. I found a spoon that had been down there for who knows how long!
  •  Return the pieces to the dishwasher.
  •  Pour 1-2 cups of vinegar on the bottom of the dishwasher.
  •  Run a cycle.
  •  When the cycle is done, wipe inside the door frame, around the edge of the door, and anywhere else that may have some grimy build up.
  •  Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and let sit for an hour or overnight. This helps deodorize the dishwasher.
  • Run a cycle again.

Check out my tip on how to get rid of film on dishes when using the dishwasher.

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