How to Clean A Dishwasher With Vinegar

Cleaning a dishwasher can be very frustrating if there are tough, hard-to-remove stains.

You might be tempted to spend money buying expensive cleaning agents, only to find out that the harsh chemicals in them end up destroying the inner surface of your dishwasher.

In this article, we’ll be explaining how to clean your dishwasher with vinegar.

Vinegar is one of the oldest solutions used in homes, it has other uses apart from cleaning, like for washing hair and preserving food. Vinegar is an acidic mixture made up of 5-20% Acetic acid and water.

What Makes Vinegar A Good Cleaning Agent?

how to clean dishwasher with vinegar

Vinegar has a lot of unique features that make it a good cleaning agent. here are some:

  • Vinegar is an acid, so it cuts through tough, greasy stains.
  • It has a pH of 2.5– a hostile environment for many if not most microorganisms, making it an awesome antibacterial agent.
  • It acts as a deodorizer, it eliminates undesirable odors.
  • It is closer to nature than most chemical cleaners.
  • It isn’t too harsh.
  • It is cheap.
  • The shelf-life of vinegar is longer than other household cleaning agents.

Please note that Vinegar is not recommended for use on marble or stone surfaces because its acidic content can degrade the stone’s surface.

How to Clean A Dishwasher with Vinegar

how to clean dishwasher with vinegar

Even though dishwashers clean plates and pots, they also need to be cleaned. Over time, grease, food debris, and soap scum could stick to the inner surface of a dishwasher, hence, reducing its efficiency and can serve as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

Here is how to clean your dishwasher with vinegar:

1. Clear the dishwasher

Remove the racks to create space for the next task.

2. Clear the Drain

Remove any leftover food particles that can sometimes clog the drain.

3. Remove and clean the filter

Most filters can be removed and screwed back in. The filter can be cleaned by soaking it in warm, soapy water for about 5 minutes before washing it properly with a sponge.

4. Load in Vinegar

Pour about 250ml of vinegar into a cup and place it on the top rack, then run the dishwasher on a normal cycle, with hot water for extra sterilization.

This process loosens up any grease, soap scum or food particles in the dishware tub sending it down to the drain.

For extra cleaning, here is another step.

5. Baking Soda Rinse

Sprinkle about a cup of baking soda at the bottom of the dishwasher then run another short hot cycle. This will leave your dishwasher smelling nice.


Do not under any circumstance mix vinegar and bleach because it will create a toxic chlorine gas and could be dangerous when inhaled.


Now that you have learnt how to clean your dishwasher with vinegar, it’s time to try it out and give us some feedback. Let’s know how it went and if you have any questions, leave a comment, we’ll be happy to continue this conversation.

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