How To Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

Bear with me! I promise, as boring as it sounds to deep clean your dishwasher, it is a must and I’m going to help make this Spring cleaning task as easy as possible. Deep cleaning your dishwasher is totally something you can start in just a few minutes AND, best of all, if you use safe products, your kiddos can help!

PAUSE — COUPON ALERT! And no, it’s not for a free housecleaner, but it’s almost as good :)

I honestly don’t think I realized that dishwashers needed to be cleaned. I mean, it’s their job to clean dirty dishes so shouldn’t they inherently be clean themselves? With detergent and hot water rumbling around everyday it should stay clean, but, by the looks of mine, that just isn’t the case. Dishwashers apparently need a deep clean every once in a while! Who knew? 

How To Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

At first glance I found a gross film around the seal of my dishwasher. Then their was grime in the soap dispenser. Underneath the bottom rack I found bits of who knows what trapped in a filter. Pretty much, my dishwasher wasn’t the cleanest. I say that past tense, because friends, my dishwasher ***shines*** now! Here’s how I whipped it in to shape in less than 15 minutes!

ONE — Make sure your dishwasher is empty. Obvious, no? Well, mine seems to always be mid-cycle so before I could start this project I had to unload.

TWO — With a dish rag and Lemi Shine Glass + Surface Cleaner I pre-scrubbed all visible parts of the inside and outside. This immediately took care of the film around the seal and loosened bits of yuck that had been trapped in various spots. The Lemi Shine spritz also took care of about 400 fingerprints that were smudged on the outside of the dishwasher.

THREE — Now, the deep cleaning! I used Lemi Shine Dishwasher Cleaner which allowed me to dump a pouch into my dishwasher, turn it on, and walk away! Deep cleaning DONE all thanks to Lemi Shine’s non-toxic, biodegradable, and phosphate free formula. This is recommended once a month, but if you’re a slacker like me, you’ll manage to do it once-every-time-you-happen-to-remember and that’s good enough too.

FOUR — If you want to go the extra mile you can deep clean your garbage disposal while Lemi Shine is doin’ its’ thing in the dishwasher. Lemi Shine has a Disposal Cleaner that not only cleans but deodorizes. With 100% natural citric extracts this cleaner was something I welcomed into my kitchen sink!

FIVE — I wrapped up my deep cleaning by running a regular load of dishes, because yes, in the midst of this short project a whole meal’s worth of dishes had found its way into my sink. I used Lemi Shine Dishwasher Detergent and was mega impressed with the results when it came time to unload … I think because it has the power of enzymatic agitation. And boosters are an options too if you’ve got some really tough stains!



What deep cleaning projects are you undertaking this Spring? I’m curious! Comment and let me know what is on your agenda and be sure to print one/all of these awesome Lemi Shine high value coupons! You can also double check which stores in your area carry Lemi Shine by searching your zip code here. Happy cleaning, mamas! 


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