If you have a dishwasher, then you probably know it too needs to be cleaned periodically in order for it to continue to clean all your dishes the way its supposed to. If you’re someone like me though who didn’t know that, hopefully you found this post before your dishwasher alerted you via its new stanky smell.
Once I “got wind” of the issue so to speak, I tried cleaning out the dishwasher myself with my rag and spray bottle of vinegar water and essential oils. But, while I did find some funk, the machine still had an odor itself once it was running.
Since I had no more answers, I headed to the “answer box”; AKA the computer. Everything I read said use bleach. I really didn’t like that idea. Most said use just a bit, and it’s no big deal. But, I figured there had to be a better, more natural way to clean the dishwasher. So I decided to try and use my tried and true natural cleaning buds, baking soda and vinegar.
Of course, they worked like a charm! I share what I did so you too can avoid bleach and clean your dishwasher naturally.
- Wipe down the inside, outside, nooks and crannies of the dishwasher so there’s no visible gunk or grime using vinegar water spray and a rag.
- Put some baking soda into the soap dispenser.
- Fill 2 small- medium sized bowls with white vinegar and tea tree oil.
- Put a bowl of vinegar/tea tree oil water on the top rack of the dishwasher an done on the bottom in whatever spot you have where it can sit there and have water splash it all around the machine during the cleaning cycle.
- Set the dishwasher on a short cycle.
Once the dishwasher completes the cycle, the smells should be gone. Depending on the machine though and how dirty it is, it may take a second run through to really work. Do this regularly (monthly would be good) to keep the odors at bay naturally too and you can easily keep your dishwasher spic and span without using any harsh, chemical ingredients.