Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

You might think something that is constantly cleaning other things is clean itself, right? Negative Ghost Rider! Just think about all that food and grease that is bouncing around inside. Some of it is bound to be accumulating in your dishwasher. Simply follow these 7 easy steps to get your dishwasher clean, which will help you get cleaner dishes, as well. Once you’ve cleaned your dishwasher, be sure to read our Dishwashers and Soap blog to help your dishwasher get those dishes clean enough to, well, eat off of.

1. You’ll want to do this first step after running a cycle

For this cycle, avoid the heat dry to keep from burning yourself. Empty out your dishwasher completely-dishes, racks, and utensil tray/basket.

2. Check the spinning arms

Once your dishwasher is empty, check the spinning arms to ensure all of the holes are clear of debris. You can use a toothpick, but don’t scratch the finish!

3. Check under the bottom of the door

Under the bottom of the door is a spot where debris might be accumulating, especially if no water is getting there. On the floor of your dishwasher you will find a drain, around the drain will be a grate or a grill. Make sure you remove anything that’s clogging this area.

4. Use a toothbrush and baking soda & water mixture

For this next step you’ll want to use a toothbrush and a baking soda & water mixture. The mixture should be thick like a paste. Use the mixture and toothbrush to clean around the drain. Be sure that all food particles are cleared. Be sure to check for any stickers or tags that might have come off of jars or dishes.

5. Use a mixture of white vinegar and a few drops of lemon juice

For this step, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and a few drops of lemon juice. Wipe around the seal with this mixture. You can use your toothbrush to get into harder-to-get areas.

6. Remove any food particles from the utensil rack/basket

Remove any food particles from the utensil rack/basket, then wipe them down. If they are extra dirty, you can let them soak overnight in soap and water. Rinse well the next day.

7.  Remove hard water deposits

To remove hard water deposits, you can run a cycle with distilled white vinegar. Make sure your dishwasher is still empty and add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom. Use your energy saving or low setting for this. Stop the wash mid-cycle and let it stand for about 20 minutes, then let the wash finish.

If this is more work than you care to put in right now, or if you just don’t have time for it, we do sell dishwasher cleaner!

This should be done once a month, if possible. We hope this helps with any issues you’ve had get those dishes sparkling clean. If your dishwasher is still having trouble with getting dishes clean, or any other issues, we’d be happy to help get it back to normal. We can be reached at 844.3.GUINCO, or you can always get more information at As always, Thank You For Letting Our Family Help Yours!

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