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How To Make A Dishwasher Smell Better

how to make a dishwasher smell better

How to make a dishwasher smell better. A dishwasher is supposed to clean your dishes and make them smell-free. What if your dishes keep smelling bad after cleaning?

Odors are undoubtfully irritating, which means your dishwasher is dirty inside. Over time, dust and dirt build up in the dishwasher, water come in contact with it, and a musty smell is caused.

To prevent the dishwasher from clogging, you have to clean the dishwasher every month. In this article, we’ll guide you on cleaning a dishwasher, so it smells better.

How To Make A Dishwasher Smell Better

make a dishwasher smell better

The dishwasher smell is caused by dirt and dust, which can be eliminated if you clean your dishwasher thoroughly. Here is our step-by-step guide to cleaning the dishwasher:

What You’ll Need?

  1. Soft Brush.
  2. Baking Soda and Vinegar.
  3. A fiber cloth and sponge.
  4. Small Tooth Brush. (To reach narrow areas)
  5. A piece of wire.

Note: It is a common myth that bleach can clean the dirt. It can but is highly corrosive to metal parts and can cause rust after cleaning. So, don’t ever use bleach in those machines having metal parts.

Step 1: Turn Off the Main Supply

Safety should be the utmost precaution. Before going on to the cleaning process, turn off the power supply and leave the dishwasher for 5 minutes to let the electricity drain.

Step 2: Start with the Filter

The dishwasher filter is mostly located at the bottom rack. You can consult the machine’s manual for assistance.

To take out the filter, pull the bottom shelf towards you. You’ll see the filter. Just take it out and clean it. Here is how to clean a dishwasher filter:

  1. To clean the filter, make a solution of warm water and white vinegar.
  2. Rinse the filter in solution and leave it for 5 minutes.
  3. Take a brush and gently rub it into one filter.
  4. Rinse the filter again in warm water.
  5. Use fiber cloth to clean the remaining residue and leave it in fresh air to let it dry.

Step 3: Clean the Spray Arm

cleaning the dishwasher spray arm

The spray arm is located at the bottom of the dishwasher. It spins with the help of water pressure and has tiny nozzles which spray the water to clean the dishes.

To clean the spray arm, follow these steps:

  1. Unscrew the spray arm and take it out.
  2. You’ll see small nozzles. Use wire to clean the nozzles.
  3. After cleaning nozzles, rinse the spray arm in warm water.
  4. Shake it to clean the remaining residue.
  5. Repeat the process 2-3 times and return the component to its position.

Step 4: Clean the Inside Surface Of the Dishwasher

Over time, debris and dust are built up on the inside surface of the dryer, which needs to be cleaned after some time. To clean the inside surface, follow the steps below:

  1. First of all, sprinkle warm water on the inner surface.
  2. Use a brush gently to clean the dirt.
  3. On thin areas, use a toothbrush to clean.
  4. Once scrubbing is done, use a piece of fiber to wipe out the dirt.
  5. Repeat the process if necessary.

Step 5: Run the Dishwasher without Dishes

Vinegar and baking soda are effective for thorough cleaning. So, take warm water and add vinegar and baking soda to it.

Lastly, put vinegar and baking soda solution in the dishwasher and run 2-3 cycles without putting any dishes. This will clean the remaining residue in the dishwasher.


Dishwashers are easy for cleaning the dishes and the best choice for lazy people like me. Still, a dirty dishwasher is annoying and causes a smell from the dishes, which is irritating. I hope so you’ve followed our step guide on how to clean your dishwasher.

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