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Your Dishwasher Wants You to Clean It, Please.

by The Nitty Gritty Team
Do It Yourself

Dishwashers are complicated creatures. You wouldn’t think so to look at them, but maybe that’s the problem – we rarely think about cleaning the thing that does the cleaning! 

Let’s consider all they endure, shall we? Having all kinds of sharp, pointy, frisbee-shaped items tossed inside them, accepting your leftovers without a second thought (maybe you wanted casserole but perhaps your dishwasher is just not feeling casserole tonight), constantly responding to the press of a button, only to have to go through the whole thing again the next day (only this time maybe with quesadillas remnants). 

Your dishwasher washes your dishes and cutlery for you without protest. 

But who washes the dishwasher?

We are here to tell you that your dishwasher deserves - nay, requires - a little love and consideration too, because the cold, hard truth is this: If you don’t clean your dishwasher, it won’t clean your dishes. 

Not out of spite! Dishwashers are not known to be spiteful. They simply won’t be able to do their job effectively if not properly cleaned. And it is so easy to fashion a natural dishwasher cleaner at home.

dishwasher without dishes

Here’s why you should deep clean your dishwasher

An astounding array of crumbs and morsels are collected over time and stored in your dishwasher’s filter like a strange, gross time capsule of lunches and dinners past. They amalgamate. Grime builds up. 

Pretty soon, unidentifiable odors emerge. Dishes are less clean when you take them out. You may even have to re-wash them by hand. It becomes a whole thing. 

Basically, those funky smells and behaviors are a cry for help: it's time to sanitize your dishwasher. And when you deep clean your dishwasher, you deodorize your dishwasher at the same time. The two go hand-in-hand, like you and your dishwasher off into the sunset after you give it the natural, deep cleaning it deserves.

How to clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

Fun fact: You can use white vinegar to clean your dishwasher, but even apple cider vinegar works. You’ll also need some baking soda. Pretty simple so far. Now, get excited for everything to briefly smell like the inside of a bag of salt and vinegar chips!


  • 1 cup of vinegar (either white or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • A toothbrush


  1. First, check out the drain – pull out the bottom rack and make sure there are no weird clumps that could clog things up.
  2. Remove the filter and give it a soak in some warm soapy water for about 10 minutes, then rinse. 
  3. Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with vinegar and place it on the top rack. Then run a cycle on the hottest setting. This will help loosen and wash away any grease and grime, plus it will help remove any unwanted “aromas” that may have accumulated. (BTW, the only thing in the dishwasher at this point should be that cup of vinegar – nothing else gets to tag along for a free vinegar spa day!)
  4. When the vinegar cycle finishes, sprinkle baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run it again, also on the hottest setting.
  5. After the baking soda cycle, get in there with a toothbrush to get rid of any previously hard-to-remove staining. 
  6. Replace the filter. You’re done! And THAT is how you sanitize your dishwasher.

Wait! Make sure you get your dishes extra clean, too!

Homemade natural dishwasher soap is like, so easy to make. Plus, it keeps everything nice and clean without any harsh chemicals or invisible toxins to worry about.

For a super simple recipe featuring your favorite Cove Castile Soap and more info on soap vs detergent, check out this post.

Okay, now you may congratulate yourself for showing your dishwasher some much needed love. And trust us, your affections won’t go unnoticed! Your dishwasher will thank you, in its way, by smelling fresh, running smoothly, and leaving your plates and cutlery clean enough to eat off of. 

Sounds like a pretty fair trade to us.

Keep clean simple, friends.

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