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That glorious machine in your kitchen that cleans dishes does in fact need to be cleaned itself.
How often should you clean your dishwasher?
According to house-maintenance expert Bob Vila, you should clean your dishwasher filter and drain once a month. Fortunately, his three-step process is easy to do and doesn’t require any special tools. Here's how to clean a dishwasher.
How to clean your dishwasher:
- Clear the drain: Remove the bottom dish rack. Inspect the dishwasher drain, removing any gunk or food caught there. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.
- Put vinegar in dishwasher: Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty odors, too.
- Baking soda rinse: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short, hot water cycle. The dishwasher will be fresh-smelling and have a brightened, stain-free interior.
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This article was originally published on April 28, 2015 on TODAY.com.