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How to clean the dishwasher interior

Have you cleaned the dishwasher? 

 

Don’t just clean the dishes — take the time to ensure the dishwasher interior is clean too. When it’s time to clean the dishwasher, keep in mind the following cleaning tips for dishwashers.

Extremely hard water mineral deposits can cause damage to your dishwasher and make it difficult to achieve good cleaning. A water softener is strongly recommended if your hardness is 15 grains or more.

If a water softener is not installed, try the following:

  • Use affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner or a white vinegar rinse to remove white spots and film. Depending on the severity of the spots more than one treatment may be required.
  • Follow instructions on the affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner package.

affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.

or

Use a white vinegar rinse:
  1. Put 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar in a glass or dishwasher-safe measuring cup on the bottom rack.
  2. Run the dishwasher through a complete washing cycle using an air-dry or an energy-saving dry option. Do not use detergent. Vinegar will mix with the wash water. 
 
NOTE: Vinegar is an acid, and using it too often could damage your dishwasher. It’s better to do so only when you need to deeply cleanse your dishwasher.