How to Remove Soap Scum from a Dishwasher

When it comes to dishwashers, we usually forget that grime and soap scum can deposit in the dishwasher’s corners and around the door’s interior. A routine dishwasher cleaning is not only simple but important as the long-term accumulation of grime and soap scum can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria.

Method # 1

All you need to start cleaning is an old toothbrush, hot soapy water, a sponge and a bottle of soft abrasive cleaner. The simplest way is to dip the old toothbrush in hot water and scrub inside and around the corners thoroughly and then run the dishwasher for a complete cycle with the water set to ‘hottest’.

Method # 2

A more extensive cleaning will involve using the toothbrush first and then using a sponge dipped in hot soapy water and scrubbing the complete surface area of the dishwasher’s interior. After thorough scrubbing, filling a dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar, placing it on the top rack of the dishwasher and running the dishwasher for a complete cycle with the water set at hottest will get your job done.

This vinegar will not only wash away the loosened up grime and soap scum but will also sanitize the dishwasher and leave it smelling fresh and clean.