[As I was writing this post, I learned that the brown stain on the interior of the dishwasher is likely caused by iron in the water. That makes sense. We have a well. I also learned that there is a product on the market that will do the scrubbing for you. Glisten seems to do the job well, if you trust Amazon reviews (which I do). I already ordered this to use in a couple of months to remove the remaining stains and any new ones.]
But then I was reading Tidy Mom's article on how to clean a dishwasher. (
I had a bit of lemon juice, a box of baking soda, and plenty of white vinegar. (I actually used the box of baking soda from the fridge knowing it would be replaced soon.)
I began by sprinkling the soda on the door and adding a bit of lemon juice and vinegar. The moment I took my
1/2 - 1 cup Baking Soda (depending upon intensity of stain)
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Vinegar (enough to form a thick paste)
I began by using my scrubbing brush and was pleased with how easy the brown iron stain was removed from the dishwasher's door. (Crevices and corners took more effort.) Then to clean the sides of the dishwasher, I used my hand to scoop the paste. Something amazing happened.
My hand scrubbed better than the brush!
Even on flat surfaces, my fingers and palm scrubbed easier than the brush! Who knew?! I proceeded to clean the interior of the dishwasher using my hand, and sometimes a rag, after removing the bottom rack. However, the top rack was not removable, so the top stains remain...
Cotton swabs (Q-Tips) were used in a few corners. I used paper towels to remove some of the dishwasher scrub. Then I ran the dishwasher on the rinse cycle. After a few minutes it beeped and revealed the stains that I missed. I cleaned the remaining stains and rinsed again. I was thrilled with the result, even if more stains are lurking behind the top rack.
It makes me smile every time I open the door! The first time my husband used the dishwasher, he noticed the difference. (It's kinda hard not to!)
It seems that my spring cleaning will be tasks like this...often with a last minute inspiration!
UPDATED: I have now used the Glisten product and loved it. Read my thoughts and see the new before and after pictures of my brown dishwasher that became clean with Glisten!
Interested in more cleaning with vinegar? I use just Dawn, vinegar, and a dish wand to scrub my bathtub. It works surprisingly well! (Click the link for details.)