SPY Guide: How to Clean Your Dishwasher

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* Dishwashers build up bacteria and lime over time
* Cleaning your dishwasher will improve its longevity
* Includes specialized tablets to vinegar rinses to wipes

Dishwashers are cleaning tools, so you might not think they need to be cleaned themselves. But according to the Washington Post, you should be cleaning your dishwasher monthly to help prevent the build up of germs and bacteria, and keep up your machine running efficiently. A cleaner dishwasher means cleaner dishes, and Spy has found six easy ways to make sure your dishwasher is operating correctly.

1. Finish Dual Action Dishwasher Cleaner

Simply place the Finish bottle upside down in the dish rack of your empty dishwasher, and set the dishwasher on heavy wash, in order to clean your dishwasher of pesky water stains and grease buildup. This cleaning solution also targets sprayer arms and pipes for an even deeper clean.

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2. Magic Stainless Steel Wipes

Easier than a spray, these handy wipes are specifically engineered to target bacteria and streaks on stainless steel. You can use them for your fridge, but they also come in handy for wiping down your dishwasher on the inside or outside.

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3. Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner

Use these tablets once a month to prevent your dishwasher from building up lime and odor. Insert it where you normally put soap, run it for a full cycle, and it will improve your dishwasher’s efficiency and cleanliness.

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4. Glisten Dishwasher Magic Cleaner and Disinfectant

This dishwasher cleaner will help remove harmful residue, and improves the longevity of your machine. Remove the lid, place the bottle upside down in the silverware rack, run the hottest cycle and let the magic commence.

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5. Cascade Dishwasher Cleaner

These small and easy-to-use pods are designed to give your dishwasher a deep clean. Simply then run through a full cycle to disinfect and clean your machine. After that, not only will your machine be cleaner, but your dishes will be too.

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6. Amazer Dish Brush Kitchen Scrub

Originally designed for tough-to-clean dishes, this handy scrubbing tool will help wipe out those stains and food marks that just refuse to budge. 

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7. Member’s Mark Distilled White Vinegar Jug

As outlined in the article above, simply pour vinegar into a dishwasher safe cup and place it upright onto the top rack, then run a full cycle using the hot water setting.

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