1) Vinegar and Baking Soda
Our friend vinegar is one of the best all-around cleaners out there. Second, only to vinegar is baking soda in its versatility. When you combine the two you have a powerful, organic cleanser. Take your dishwasher filter out and soak it for about 10 minutes in soapy water. After you reattach it, pour about an inch of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and let it run on the heavy cleaning cycle. Once this is complete, pour about an inch of baking soda on the floor of the dishwasher and let it sit overnight. In the morning, run the heavy cleaning cycle and your dishwasher should be good as new!
Pour a decent amount of Borax powder onto the floor of the dishwasher. Then use a damp sponge to clean the inside of the unit. Cleaning with Borax is extremely effective and easy. When you are done, you can spread about 1/2 an inch of Borax on the floor of the dishwasher and let it run through a normal cycle. And you’re done!
3) The Power of Bleach
Bleach is so powerful that you cannot use it if you have a stainless steel tub in your dishwasher. If you don’t have a stainless steel tub you can use bleach by putting a cup of it on the top rack of the dishwasher and letting it run normally through a full cycle. Bleach is great for killing any mold that might be growing in your dishwasher.
4) The Kool-Aid and Tang Method
Does your dishwasher constantly leave crud on your dishes? If so, it’s time to try the Kool-Aid or Tang Method. This method is effective at cleaning out hard water deposits. To use this method, start running the dishwasher ‘s normal cycle. After a couple of minutes ad some tang to the detergent bin. If you have a large bottle of Tang, you can sprinkle it on the bottom of the dishwasher. Using Tang or Kool-Aid will eat away at the hard water deposits.