1. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your empty dishwasher. Don’t put it in the soap dispenser. Pour it directly into the bottom of the dishwasher itself.
2. Run the dishwasher on its hottest setting for a full cycle. Don’t choose the rinse only cycle, you want the full cycle for this task. Any temperature above 140 degrees and above will disinfect everything and leave your dishwasher sparkling clean.
3. After the dishwasher is finished, you can fill it and run it as usual.
Some sources suggest waiting until the bottom of the dishwasher has filled with hot water before opening the dishwasher door and pouring in the cup of vinegar.
Another method for cleansing your dishwasher with this useful all in one cleaning agent is to put a bowl in the bottom rack. Here’s what you do:
1. Pour 3 cups of white vinegar into a bowl or other container.
2. Place the bowl on the bottom rack of your empty dishwasher.
3. Run the dishwasher on its hottest cycle and let it complete the entire cycle.
4. Remove the bowl and fill and use your dishwasher as usual.
Due to its acidic nature, vinegar helps remove soap buildup in your dishwasher. It also removes hard water stains and kills germs. And it’s very inexpensive.
There is one more alternative to do this if you don’t have any vinegar, and that is baking soda. Baking soda is also effective at freshening and brightening your dishwasher. Just sprinkle a cupful around the bottom of the tub and run it through a short but complete cycle using the hottest water. Baking soda is also helpful in removing stains.
We hope that this helps you and taught you how to clean a dishwasher with vinegar!