How to clean your dishwasher

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How to clean your dishwasher

A couple of weeks ago, because our dishwasher was doing such a horrible job, we would rinse all of our dishes before putting them in our dishwasher, then we were having to rewash half of them because they came out of the dishwasher with a filmy sort of coating. gross.
So, I was at the point where I was looking through the flyers for new dishwashers, and seriously considering buying a new one.
As a last ditch effort, John and I thought we would see if we could give it a good clean, and it is like we have a new dishwasher! Like everything else I do in life these days, the first thing I do when I am thinking about doing something is look it up on Pinterest.
Pinterest said to use vinegar.
We started by taking off all of the parts on the inside of the dishwasher that could snap or screw off.

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We washed, soaked and rinsed all of the parts the best we could with vinegar and water. And, I sprayed and washed the inside of the dishwasher with vinegar.

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I also washed out and filled the detergent cups with vinegar.

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Then, the trick I found on Pinterest is to put a glass filled with vinegar in the center of the dishwasher, and run it through a cycle. So, that is exactly what we did.

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The idea is that the cup of vinegar gets filled with water from the dishwasher and overflows the vinegar, so the vinegar is added gradually throughout the cycle, and gets into all of the pipes and nozzles.
It worked amazing! I can’t believe the difference between the before and after. Our dishes are actually coming out of the dishwasher clean and shiny now! We were almost ready to buy a new dishwasher, but a couple cups of vinegar was all it needed.
So, every couple weeks from now on, I am going to spray down the dishwasher with vinegar and add a cup to a cycle. The great part is because vinegar is non-toxic, I will just add the cup to a regular load of dishes, no need for the dishwasher to be empty, right?

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  1. Wow, my dishwasher is exactly the same and I am fed up rinsing everything even before I turn it on immediately! I have also checked the holes in the propeller where the water comes out, but they were not plugged. Will let you know how it works for me! Thanks again

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    • It worked amazing! Although, we also tried changing the detergent at the same time…. so it could have been the soap too, but one of the two made a huge difference and saved us buying a new dishwasher! Either way, I am going to keep adding a cup of vinegar every couple weeks from now on… what harm can it do?

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