Washing The Dishwasher


Fab & Fru Germ Fighting

I admit it, I’m a bit of a germaphobe.  Which is why I cringed when a friend told me that all these years I should have been disinfecting my dishwasher.  I always assumed that when you run your dishwasher, it keeps the appliance clean while cleaning your dishes.  Apparently, not so much.

Since a build up of food, bacteria and general gunk can lead to less than sparkling dishes – and illness – I figured I’d better give my dishwasher some TLC, pronto!

Once A Month Maintenance

Luckily, there is a totally frugal – and eco-friendly – way to clean your machine.  According to All You magazine, all you need are two penny pinching favorites: vinegar and baking soda.  They recommend doing the following once a month:

To Disinfect: Pour vinegar into a dishwasher-safe cup, then place the cup upright on an empty dishwasher’s top rack. Run a full cycle, using the hot-water setting. Next, deodorize the machine by sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the tub and running the dishwasher on a half-cycle with hot water. Leave your dishwasher door open for a few hours after to air it out.

We came across other, much more intricate directions for cleaning the dishwasher, but Fab & Fru loves this one from All You because it’s so easy and affordable.  Fab & Fru wants to know – do you regularly clean your dishwasher?  What method do you use?




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2 Responses to “Washing The Dishwasher”

  1. Sue says:

    What a great hint. I will definitely follow the formula suggested to clean my dishwasher. As always, I am so grateful for the fabulous and frugal ideas.

  2. Molly says:

    Great idea, however, I prefer to get a 2-fer-1, so I’d probably put s few clean glasses in with the vinegar rinse as vinegar gets glass sparkling. And since the glasses are already cleaned, it’s not going to take away anything from the cleaning process.

Any Thoughts?