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How to clean your dishwasher without chemicals

Just like cleaning the washing machine and tumble dryer, I think it is important to regularly clean your dishwasher without chemicals.  This is something I do once a month, so ensuring that I do not have detergent build up or a mucky dishwasher and I never have to use a dishwasher detergent either.

I just do not see the point in trying to clean dishes in a dirty dishwasher.

Now I have to admit that I am unsure if it is not frugal to have a dishwasher or wash by hand, but I do always ensure that we fill our dishwasher before using it and set it on overnight using the ecological wash.  We also never use rice aid or salt, but that is due to the fact that we live in a soft water area.
  1. Empty the filter of your dishwasher (mine simply twists and pulls). You can find how to do this in your instruction manual or on your washer manufactures web site.
  2. Wipe down all your seals and around the door with a solution of 50% white vinegar and water with a lint free cloth.
  3. Place a cup of white vinegar in the top of your dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle (60 degree, this helps shift any greece accumulation or cleaner gunk)
  4. Once cycle has completed sprinkle the bottom of your dishwasher with bicarbonate of soda (which will deodorise it).
  5. You do not have to rinse this from your dishwasher and can fill and use as usual.


  1. You've inspired me! That sounds so easy, I can't not give it a go. Very useful post :-)

  2. Thanks for the hints! That's great :)

    We really looked into the dishwasher thing and for 7 years I resisted because I assumed it was not frugal. Then I won one. Turns out ours uses less water than a bowl of hand-washing, and eco-wash costs about the same per load as 4 kettles of hot water (22p) - which we'd easily use as I used to have a huge load after tea plus a load after breakfast and possibly another load while I was cooking (there are 8 of us). I still think the soap costs a bit more, but I don't have to pay my teenagers to wash up, so I save there! :D

  3. This is an inspiring post, its help me a lot.


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