How to Clean Your Dishwasher and Remove the Cloudy Film From Glasses and Silverware
Help! My Dishes Aren't Getting Clean!
Tired of opening up the dishwasher to find gritty particles on the insides of your bowls and glasses? If you have an older model, you may be thinking that it's time for a replacement, but don't run out and buy a new dishwasher just yet. It may just need a good cleaning.
I know that taking apart and cleaning the inside of your dishwasher seems a little scary. What if you break the pieces?! But rest assured, it isn't as intimidating as it sounds, and you probably have everything you need already under your kitchen sink.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher
- Remove bottom the rack and take out sprayers.
- Separate sprayers into their component parts and soak sprayers in a water-vinegar solution for 10-60 minutes.
- Scrub sprayer parts to remove food debris and hard water build up.
- Scrub bottom of dishwasher to remove food debris and gunk.
- Reassemble and replace sprayers.
- Add 2 cups of vinegar to dishwasher and run cleaning cycle using the hottest water possible.
- Stop cycle half way through and wipe out inside of dishwasher.
Each of these steps is described in detail below, with photos to guide you.
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distilled white vinegar
rags and/or paper towel
old tooth brush or kitchen brush
Step 1: Take Apart Your Dishwasher
Fill your sink with hot water, 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, and a squirt of dish soap.
Remove the lower rack from your dishwasher and set it aside. Unscrew the tab holding the top sprayer in place and remove the sprayer from underneath the top rack. Pull the bottom sprayer out and separate the parts that make up the bottom sprayer. Set the sprayers in the sink.
Step 2: Scrub and Rinse Out Sprayer Pieces
Soak the sprayer pieces in the vinegar water for 10 minutes to hour (depending on how hard the mineral deposits have become). Using an old tooth brush, kitchen brush or steel wool, scrub food debris and hard water deposits off sprayer pieces.
If your model has a mesh capped strainer, run water through the mesh top and lightly tap against sink to remove debris from the inside.
Don't spend hours on this step. You goal is a dishwasher that gets your dishes clean, not perfection!
Step 3: Clean out the Bottom of the Dishwasher
Using an old rag or paper towel, remove any food debris from the bottom of the dishwasher. Using a sponge, brush or steel wool, scrub all surfaces, paying special attention around where the sprayer goes and in the corners next to the door.
Rinsing areas with water as you work will wash away the loose grim and help you see where you still need to focus.
Step 4: Replace Sprayers and Run Dishwasher
Put the sprayers back into the dishwasher. Throw 2 cups of white vinegar into the bottom and run your dishwasher using the hottest setting possible. Once you are about halfway through the cycle, cancel the wash and drain the water.
Step 5: Wipe Out the Bottom of the Dishwasher
Running your dishwasher should have loosened any remaining dirt in pipes and unit. Using a clean rag or paper towel, wipe out the bottom of the dishwasher one last time, leaving your dishwasher sparkly clean.
How Do I Clean My Already Cloudy Glasses and Silverware?
"This is great," you say. "I will clean out my dishwasher and now it will clean my dishes properly. The trouble is, my glasses and silverware are already cloudy"
Fear not. I will show you how you can have clear glasses and shiny silverware again in under and hour.
Fill your sink with a few inches of hot water and add 2 cups of vinegar. Let the glasses and/ or silverware soak for a few minutes. Lightly scrub glasses and silverware with steel wool and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
That's it. In one hour all your glasses and silverware will look good as new!
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