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How to Spring Clean Your Dishwasher

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol®, Finish®, Woolite®, and Air Wick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s our favorite time of the year again – Spring Cleaning time!! Yes, I am being totally sarcastic but there are some people who really do get excited over this stuff. I look at “Spring Cleaning” as a way to declutter and get rid of items. It’s also when you can clean items that are normally forgotten about, like the dishwasher.

The dishwasher is one of those things that you don’t normally think you should have to clean. I mean, it does have soap run through it every day, right?! Well, there is also food particles, hard water, soap buildup, and more that can actually lessen the cleaning power of your dishwasher.

I was recently asked by Reckitt Benckiser to create some unique tips for using a product and I wanted to share with you how to spring clean your dishwasher.

How to Spring Clean Your Dishwasher

How to Spring Clean Your Dishwasher

What You Will Need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cleaning Cloths or Paper towels
  • Old toothbrush
  1. Start with an empty dishwasher and remove racks and utensil holder.
  2. Remove the spinning arm, grate, and any filters you may have & place them in a sink filled halfway with water and 1 cup of white vinegar to soak. You can also use a toothpick to clean out any clogged holes in the spinning arm.
  3. Clean out any debris in the bottom of the dishwasher with a paper towel.
  4. Wipe down the inside door of the dishwasher with vinegar water, making sure to also get the edges really good. You can use a toothbrush with a baking soda & water paste to get any hard to clean areas.
  5. Wipe down parts in the sink & reassemble in the dishwasher.
  6. Add 2 cups of white vinegar to your dishwasher. You can do this by sitting it on the top rack in a measuring cup or just dumping it in the bottom.
  7. Run the dishwasher on a short cycle & turn off the heat dry.
  8. Stop mid-cycle to allow the vinegar to sit on the bottom for about 20 minutes, then continue the cycle.
  9. Wipe down the outside of the door and make sure to give those buttons a good scrub.

How to Spring Clean Your Dishwasher

To keep your dishes nice and clean, I like to use Finish detergent and Finish Jet Dry Rinse Aid.

  • For spotless glassware, use a Rinse Aid.
  • For drier dishes, use a Drying Aid.
  • For clean dishwater, use a Machine Cleaner.
  • For tough stain removal, use a Detergent Booster.

How to Spring Clean Your Dishwasher

Time Saver Tip: Use a rinse aid in your dishwasher and you won’t need to dry your plastics when you put them away!

  • Right now, Target has a Cartwheel Coupon Offer (Available 4/2-4/29/17): Get 5% off any Finish Item
  • Additionally, buy any 2 Finish Premium L & XL (MiO & Quantum) & 16oz RA additive and get a $5 Target Gift Card.

Spring cleaning can take a few minutes out of your day & doesn’t need to be done all at once. Once you get a project complete, stand back & admire your work! Some other great product coupons to use for the rest of your Spring cleaning needs are Lysol, Air Wick, & Woolite.

Do you have any great Spring cleaning tips that you’d like to share with us?


Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

9 thoughts on “How to Spring Clean Your Dishwasher

  • I actually use these products in my dishwasher as well. I don’t think anything else really works as well. That’s a great way to spring clean your dishwasher. I still have so much to do. We started this weekend.

    • Thanks, AnnMarie! I love Finish as well because it really does get the dishes clean & sparkly. Cheap versions work for a bit but I would eventually get dry soap film all over my dishes. That bottle of Jet Dry is almost gone so this reminds me to add it to the shopping list!

  • Tamra Phelps

    Vinegar also works when cleaning the microwave. Mixing it with a little water & heating it in the microwave turns the stuck on stuff (how does that stuff get on there, anyway??) back to liquid & you just wipe it out.

    • Yes! Vinegar works great & I also like to dampen a sponge with water & a bit of soap, microwave for about a minute, then wipe it all out.

    • Ashley C

      I can’t stand vinegar smell, but it does definitely have a lot of cleaning power. I actually just had to do this tip/trick with my microwave last week. Worked wonderfully.

  • Lisa Coomer Queen

    These are great tips for Spring cleaning your dishwasher. Thanks for sharing these.

  • I like this way to clean your dishwasher. I’ve never gotten the nerve up to unscrew that bottom part, where the drain is, to clean that out. ew.

  • Thank you for the review, Jess. As for me, it is a real ass pain co clean my dishwasher. But for cleaning dishes, I use Amway Home dishwasher tablets. They are really good.

  • Betsy Barnes

    Thanks for this, I never think of spring cleaning the dishwasher. To make cleaning easier, I use disinfecting wipes every day throughout my house. It keeps things a bit cleaner and less to do every week.


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