How to Sterilize a Dishwasher

Dishwasher detergents are designed to clean the stains from your dishes, but they do very little to sterilize your dishwasher. Even the best dishwasher will have tiny particles of food, soap, and grease building up in the corners. It is an ideal ground for microorganisms to harbor and mold to grow.

If you have had your dishwasher for a while now, you may start to notice a distinct smell and your dishes may not be coming out as spotless as once they did. To keep your dishwasher spotless and smelling fresh, you need to sterilize it every 4-6 weeks. There is a simple solution for cleaning and sterilizing your dishwasher and requires less than 10 minutes of your time.

  • Take out all the removable components such as the dish rack, cup holders, and utensil basket. Clean them with dishwashing soap and let them dry.
  • Clean out any food particles or debris that is visible to you and check the drain for any clogs. You can use dishwashing liquid and a sponge for cleaning or just use paper towels to remove the leftover particles.
  • Wipe the sides and underarms with a sponge soaked in a solution of water and baking powder.
  • Using a small brush, clean the edges and crevices around the dishwasher door and also make sure to clean the rubber seal.
  • Now it is time to use an antibacterial disinfectant- you may use chemical or white vinegar for this job. Pour one cup of vinegar into a plastic container that is dishwasher safe and place it inside. Put all the dishwasher components back inside and run your dishwasher on a regular cycle at the hottest temperature setting.
  • You can also fill the dishwasher’s detergent compartment with your usual cleaning product at the same time while using vinegar. This will disinfect your dishwasher thoroughly and prevent any germs or bacteria from breeding inside it. Be careful never to mix bleach and vinegar for cleaning any of your appliances because it can cause poisonous gases to form inside them.


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