Many people never do it but THIS is how often you should clean your dishwasher!

And this is how to do it properly!

If you’re like us, and you hate doing the dishes, then you’ll probably agree that the dishwasher is one of the best inventions ever. All you have to do is load up all your dirty dishes, add a tablet and let the dishwasher do its magic. But how often do you actually clean the machine itself? After finding out how often you should clean it, we’re a little ashamed of our answer…

When’s the last time you cleaned your dishwasher?

Once a year
If you want your dishwashing machine to ‘live’ a long and healthy life, you should clean it thoroughly at least once a year! Even though the machine is made to clean, that doesn’t mean it also cleans itself – at least, not well enough. If you want to get rid of all the gross grime, mold and build-up, you should clean it once every year. If you don’t, all that nasty stuff will just keep building up inside the machine.

How to clean it
Do you want to clean your dishwasher but you’re not sure how to go about it? Follow these easy steps and your machine will be good to go again!

  1. Clean filter: Take out any dishes that might still be in there, as well as the filter and any other solids. Wipe down the filter and clean it.
  2. Cleaning solution: Make your own cleaning solution by combining white vinegar, water and 10 drops of citrus oil in a spray bottle. The mixture should be about 70 percent vinegar and 30 percent water.
  3. Spray and wash: Use the vinegar cleaning solution to spray the entire dishwasher with. Make sure you cover all the walls, compartments, trays and movable parts. Leave the machine like this for 15 minutes to let the mixture sit, and then wash on a hot cycle.
  4. Baking soda: When the cycle is done, open up the dishwasher and cover the bottom of it with a considerable amount of baking powder. Let this sit overnight. Wash it again on a hot cycle when you come back to it the next morning.

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Source: Woman’sDay | Image: Wikimedia Commons, Piotrus