I get this question often:” Carole, my dishes don’t come out of the dishwasher looking as clean as they used to. Why is that?” The answer is, your dishwasher is probably dirty. I know it sounds counterintuitive to state that a device which cleans things is dirty, but it does happen.
Over a period of time soap scum, small particles of food and grease can build up in your dishwasher. It is always a good idea to clean your machine at least once a month to get rid of that build up.
There are some people who will run a cycle on their dishwasher with a small amount of bleach, and no soap, on the hot water cycle. Then they will run it once more with just hot water. This one is not my favorite.
There are dishwasher cleaning solutions which you can purchase in the dishwasher soap aisle, and those generally work well.
If you want a more natural method of cleaning your dishwasher, try this. Make certain the dishwasher is empty. Fill a glass or mug with white vinegar and place it on the top rack, where you normally place your glasses and cups. Run the dishwasher on the heavy load cycle with the hot water and heated drying options.
If you don’t like the vinegar smell, once you have run through a wash cycle with the vinegar, you can also throw some baking soda into the dishwasher and run one more cycle. This will make the dishwasher smell clean and fresh..
Remember, this is the device you are trusting to keep your family’s dishes clean and healthy, so don’t forget to take care of it.