DIY Dishwasher Cleaner: 2024’s Secret to Immaculate Dishes!

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Welcome to my mad scientist kitchen lab, where I’m ditching the store-bought stuff and brewing up a storm with my own DIY dishwasher cleaner. Picture it: a kitchen erupting with more excitement than a primary school science fair, starring yours truly as the eco-friendly alchemist. Today’s experiment? A homemade concoction that’s going to make that trusty suds-bubbler of yours sparkle like never before. Enter the dynamic, fizz-tastic duo: baking soda and vinegar.

I mean, who knew that the secret to battling those sneaky, grease-loving microbes would be hiding in plain sight in our pantries, right? It’s like discovering your old high school crush actually had a thing for you—surprising yet totally exhilarating. With a sprinkle of baking soda and a good glug of vinegar, we’re about to turn your dishwasher into the Cinderella of the kitchen, minus the pumpkin carriage and glass slippers.

This DIY dishwasher cleaner isn’t just about embracing your inner eco-warrior; it’s about chuckling at the irony of cleaning a machine designed to clean. Because, let’s face it, finding your dishwasher grimier than a teenager’s bedroom is both hilarious and a bit disturbing. But fear not, I’ve got a three-act play that’s about to unfold in your kitchen: the sprinkle, the pour, and the dazzle. So, grab your lab coat (or just a trusty apron), and let’s get fizzical with this soda-vinegar tango!

Key Takeaways:Clean the drain, get rid of remaining smelling remnants like hidden broccoli

Who knew that transforming your dishwasher into a sparkling superstar could be this easy and eco-friendly? With just some baking soda and vinegar—two heroes straight out of your pantry—you’re all set to bid farewell to those mysterious odors and invisible critters squatting in your dishwasher. Here’s why this dynamic duo is about to become your new best friends:

  1. Natural Dishwasher Spa Day: Move over fancy chemicals, because this baking soda and vinegar pair is like the ultimate spa treatment for your dishwasher. It’s like sending your dishwasher to a luxury retreat, minus the hefty bill.
  2. Cleaner Cleaners: It’s hilariously ironic, but yes, our cleaning machines need a good scrub too. Otherwise, it’s like taking a bath in a mud pit—fun for a five-year-old, not so much for your dishes.
  3. Eco-Friendly and Wallet-Happy: This dynamic duo not only saves the fish in the ocean from chemical doom but also keeps your wallet from crying. It’s a win-win for the planet and your purse.
  4. DIY Adventure: There’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment you get from DIY-ing. It’s like MacGyvering your way through household chores, minus the life-threatening situations, of course.
  5. Long Live the Dishwasher: Show your dishwasher some love, and it’ll pay you back by living longer and performing better. It’s like a love story, but with appliances.
  6. The Ultimate Home Hack: Welcome to the world of natural, cost-effective cleaning solutions that are so easy to whip up, you’ll feel like a culinary genius, but for cleaning.


The Dynamic Duo: Unleashing the Power of Baking Soda and Vinegar

Imagine the epic battle in the colosseum of your dishwasher: on one side, the grime and gunk from last night’s lasagna; on the other, our eco-warriors, baking soda and vinegar, ready to rumble. This isn’t just cleaning; it’s cleaning with a plot.

Deploying these two is like watching a superhero movie where the good guys (aka your dishes) always win. Baking soda dives into the grime like a detective on a mission, while vinegar cuts through grease like a hot knife through butter. After their tag-team effort, your dishwasher isn’t just clean; it’s ‘invite your mother-in-law over’ clean.

As the orchestrator of this clean symphony, I’m here to guide you through the process. A sprinkle of baking soda here, a dash of vinegar there, and voilà—you’ve got yourself a non-toxic, budget-friendly, and utterly satisfying cleaning session. And the best part? This eco-friendly duo not only cleans but also dances—the fizzy, bubbly kind of dance that signifies victory over the forces of kitchen grime.

What is that Smell? The dishwasher could be the source of the foul odor in your home

Now, let me dish out a little personal story to illustrate why this DIY dishwasher cleaner is my kitchen’s superhero. I have two amazing kids who, believe it or not, love broccoli. Yes, they’re probably the only kids on the planet who crave these little green trees. I chalk it up to my broccoli binge during pregnancy. But here’s the kicker: they have this, let’s call it, ‘selective amnesia’ when it comes to pre-rinsing their plates. So, our faithful dishwasher often becomes a resting place for broccoli bits.

But wait, there’s more. My little angels also have a rebellious streak when it comes to loading the dishwasher. Plastics on the top rack? Pfft, why bother with instructions when you can live life on the edge? This results in what I affectionately term the ‘Broccoli and Melted Plastic Showdown’ inside the dishwasher. It’s like a tiny, steamy apocalypse in there—a battlefield of broccoli remnants and contorted plastic.

This is where our DIY dishwasher cleaner steps in like a superhero swooping in to save the day. A hearty dose of the baking soda and vinegar concoction, and voila! It’s like giving your dishwasher its own superhero cape, turning a green and plastic-infested horror show into a sparkling clean haven. Trust me, if this solution can handle my dishwasher after a broccoli and melted plastic party, it can handle anything.

The Nitty Gritty of DIY Dishwasher Cleaner for Your Gritty Dishwasher

Admittedly, until my kids left me stranded with their rotten broccoli and plastic air freshener, I never really thought about the importance of maintaining a clean dishwasher. I just thought that if it’s full of soap and water every day, it cleans itself, right? No, very, very wrong. But how often should you detox your dishwasher?  Because, let’s face it, dishwashers are like teenagers: they do a lot of work, but boy, they acquire a funky stink without a regular scrubbing.  I mean, how do feet smell that bad?

  • Monthly/Quarterly Deep-Clean with DIY Dishwasher Cleaner:

Our trusty kitchen companion needs a monthly spa day to avoid turning into a mini-swamp. And I’m not just talking about a quick wipe-down. We’re diving deep into the interior, disassembling what you can and scrubbing what you can’t, including the door, gasket, and that often-neglected filter. If you’re like me and tend to ‘occasionally’ prewash dishes (when the kids actually remember), you might be able to stretch this to six months. But really, who am I kidding? My kids do something like that at least once a month. My personal squad of miniature mavericks.

  • Victorious Vinegar:

Empty that dishwasher—yes, even that mug from this morning’s coffee—and grab a bowl of white vinegar. One cup should do it. Set this bowl on the top rack like it’s reigning over its kingdom, and run the hottest cycle your dishwasher can muster.

Pro tip: skip the drying cycle and let it air-dry. It’s like giving your dishwasher a breezy day at the beach, minus the sand.

  • Baking Soda Blitz:Baking soda blitz, use baking soda to clean dishwasher

Next up, we unleash a cup of baking soda on the floor of your dishwasher. Think of it like fairy dust for appliances. Run a short, scalding cycle, and let the baking soda work its odor-busting magic. Remember, no detergent—we’re going au naturel here.

Note: Now, a word to the wise: do not—I repeat, do not—mix vinegar and baking soda in the dishwasher unless you’re aiming to recreate the Mount Vesuvius eruption in your kitchen. It’s like hosting a mini-science fair under your countertop. Sure, it might be a blast from your 5th-grade past, but your dishwasher might not appreciate the trip down memory lane.

  • Bleach for the Brave:

If your dishwasher is looking more ‘haunted house’ than ‘home appliance’, it’s time to bring out the bleach. Pour one cup into a safe bowl, place it on the top rack, and let ‘er rip on a full cycle. A word of caution: bleach and stainless steel are like oil and water; they do not mix. So, check your dishwasher’s material first, and remember, never mix bleach with our other cleaning buddies, vinegar and baking soda.

  • DIY Dishwasher Drain Cleaner: Deep Dive Down the Drain

The drain trap is like the Bermuda Triangle of the dishwasher world and the source of that foul smell that is warding off those pesky house guests. To tackle it, warm up a cup of vinegar in the microwave, stir in two tablespoons of baking soda, and quickly send it down the drain. Let it party there for 10–15 minutes. Then, cautiously pour boiling water down the drain to clear any dishwasher mysteries.

Bonus: Pro Tips to Revive Your Dishwashing Machine

  1. Filter Love: Show some love to your dishwasher’s filter by giving it a warm, soapy bath after each use. If it’s holding onto food like a toddler with candy, gently brush it off.
  2. Prewash Protocol: If your dishwasher isn’t a high-tech, food-grinding wizard, give your dishes a quick pre-rinse. It’s like a pre-game warm-up for your dishwasher.
  3. Odor Annihilation: Got a stinky dishwasher? Clean the drain trap, poke those spray arms with a toothpick (it’s oddly satisfying), and then let vinegar and baking soda do their stench-busting thing. Air-dry afterwards for maximum freshness.
  4. Mold and Mildew Battle: A few times a year, grab a toothbrush, mix vinegar with hot water, and scrub away any mold around the door gaskets. It’s like a mini-exorcism for mildew.

There you have it: your guide to turning your dishwasher from a grimy goblin back into the shiny knight it was meant to be. With these tips, your dishwasher won’t just be clean; it’ll be the envy of appliances everywhere. Happy cleaning!


  1. Can my DIY dishwasher cleaner outshine store-bought cleaners?

    Oh, you bet! It’s like comparing a home-cooked meal by Grandma with fast food—homemade always has that extra sprinkle of love. Plus, it’s kinder to Mother Earth, as well as your wallets, so more money for the fun stuff.

  2. What’s the deal with vinegar types? Can I use my fancy balsamic?

    Stick to white vinegar. It’s the unsung hero of the cleaning world. Save that balsamic for a salad where it can shine!

  3. My dishwasher’s got stains tougher than my ex’s heart. What now?

    Whip up a baking soda paste—it’s like a gentle yet fierce warrior against stains. Apply, scrub with love, and rinse. Stains, be gone!

  4. Is it safe to unleash my inner cleaning ninja with kids and pets around?

    Absolutely! This DIY mix is as family-friendly as a Disney movie. Clean without the chemical drama.

  5. Will my kitchen smell like a pickle factory post-cleaning?

    Fear not, the vinegar scent is a ninja—there one minute, gone the next, especially if you let the dishwasher air-dry.

  6. Is my fancy-schmancy dishwasher safe with this DIY magic?

    For sure, but if your dishwasher is the diva of kitchen appliances, peek at the manufacturer’s care manual first. Better safe than sorry!

  7. What if I accidentally create a dishwasher volcano with baking soda and vinegar?Vinegar is used to clean the dishwasher.

    First, please send me the video; we could all use the laugh. Second, no worries; just run a plain water cycle to calm the storm.

  8. How often should I treat my dishwasher to this spa day?

    A monthly pampering should do, but if you’re a ‘clean dishes, dirty dishwasher’ type, you might push it to every two months. Just don’t wait for the dishwasher to start sending SOS signals!

  9. Can I put white vinegar and baking soda in my dishwasher?

Yes, down the drain, but I wouldn’t recommend the combo to clean the whole thing unless you want to compete in this year’s science fair.

Additional Trusted Resources 

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The EPA’s Safer Choice program certifies environmentally friendly cleaning products, including some dishwasher cleaners. You could link to their website or specific cleaner listings for eco-conscious readers.
  • Environmental Working Group (EWG): This is a non-profit organization that rates products based on their safety. The website features a guide to healthy cleaning products, including dishwasher cleaners. You could link to their dishwasher cleaner ratings page for an independent perspective. Environmental Working Group