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Old food is one of the biggest culprits of foul dishwasher smells. If the dishwasher smells like, say, rotten eggs, it's probably just that. Removing old food from the dishwasher is the best way to get rid of nasty smells coming from the machine.
Empty the dishwasher of all dishes and utensils. Then, pull out the bottom rack and check for old food that may have gotten stuck at the bottom of the dishwasher or drainage strainer.
Remove old food with a soft-bristled brush dipped in vinegar. Clean the strainer/filter with soap and water.
Afterward, scrub the bottom of the dishwasher with a sponge or paper towel.
While at it, wipe down the racks and gaskets seals to remove accumulated mold and mildew.
Pour one to two cups of distilled white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl and place it on the top rack of the dishwasher. Add several drops of essential oil to the vinegar to add a nice aroma to the dishwasher.
Run the dishwasher through a single cycle, making sure the water is in its hottest setting. Once the cycle is complete, pour a cup of baking soda into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a second cycle.
Leave the door open for at least an hour to let the machine dry out completely. If you leave the door closed, it could trigger the growth of mildew—another source of the unwanted stench.
Wipe the door with a microfiber cloth dipped in cleaner formulated for your dishwasher's surface. You can use an all-purpose cleaner, but I don't recommend it as it can leave an unsightly streaky finish. You can also use a DIY cleaning mixture of dish soap, white vinegar, and water.
Once done, rinse out the cloth and make a pass over the surface for a sparkly, fingerprint-free finish.
And there you have it—you've successfully cleaned your dishwasher of nasty smells! Now it's as good as new.
As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Keep your dishwasher smell-free by following these tips:
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