Now that I'm on my own, I don't have as many dirty dishes as I used to so I mostly wash them by hand but, despite its many faults, my dishwasher is still of use to me. I use it once a week to sanitize my cutting boards and wash whatever dishes happen to need cleaning on that day. I also use it when I have company, and extra dishes to wash.
Perhaps because I use it less often than I used to, I recently began to notice an unpleasant, garbage-y odour coming from my dishwasher. It was pretty awful and, if I left the door propped open, it pervaded my entire apartment. I had to do something about it.
Pinterest is my go-to place for all things housekeeping, so I did a search to see if I could find a tip for de-stinking the dishwasher. I came across a post by Today.com that suggested using vinegar and baking soda. I use baking soda for cleaning my stainless steel sink, and vinegar and baking soda to keep my sink drains clear, so it seemed to be something worth trying.
I put a cup full of vinegar, upright, in the top rack of the dishwasher, poured an approximately equal amount of baking soda onto the bottom deck of the machine and then ran the dishwasher for a half cycle on the "sanitize" setting.
It worked really well. My dishwasher is sparkling clean inside and smells nice and fresh.
Cleaning my dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda cost me a lot less than it would have cost to buy a commercially made dishwasher cleaning detergent, and it was kinder to the environment too. That's a win/win in my books.
Do you have any housecleaning tips you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them.