Although it thoroughly cleans your plates and cutlery, the dishwasher is not free of dirt or bad odors. In order for its cleaning potential not to diminish, it also requires regular maintenance. Have you noticed for some time that it gives off a very unpleasant smell? Don’t worry, a few simple and natural solutions will quickly solve this annoying problem.

Why does my dishwasher smell bad?

The most common cause of a bad smell in the dishwasher is food residues that are in the filter of the appliance, but also in the door or in the rubber. Therefore, in order to avoid malfunctions and prevent the proliferation of bacteria, it is important to clean the appliance more frequently. That foul smell in your dishwasher can also have other causes. The most common ones are:

  • Food residues at the bottom of the dishwasher. In this case, these remains must be removed with paper towels.
  • Clogged drain: to ensure smooth drainage of dirty water, be sure to unclog the drain in case of a blockage.
  • Moisture and mold: these are two scourges that are accompanied by bacteria and automatically cause bad odors. The best solution is to leave the door open after each rinse cycle to ensure good ventilation and allow the appliance to dry properly.

Vinegar and baking soda: a valuable duo to deodorize the dishwasher

Whether we like it or not, with time and wear and tear, our equipment begins to fail and not work properly. After several attempts, a professional may finally advise you to replace the appliance with a new one. This means paying a significant amount of money for a more efficient model. If you do not have the necessary budget at the moment, you can try another option. It is worth trying some very clever household methods to get rid of the unsightly odors that pollute the inside of the dishwasher.

Here is a very effective solution that will do the trick in just a few minutes. You only need two ingredients with strong deodorizing properties to freshen up and clean your dishwasher: baking soda and white vinegar. These detergents and disinfectants are ideal for cleaning your appliance from time to time. In addition, they are antibacterial, anti-scaling and anti-mold. In addition, these products are environmentally friendly and economical! Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Remove the dish rack, rinse it and let it air dry.
  • Remove the filter (for most devices it is enough to unscrew it).
  • Place the filter in a solution of warm water and 1 cup distilled white vinegar.
  • Leave it to soak for 30 minutes. After this time, you can gently clean it with an old toothbrush or rinsing sponge.
  • Clean the entire filter area carefully: make sure there is no food residue or other debris. Look closely at every corner where debris can sneakily get stuck. In this case, a toothpick can help remove them more easily.

After this cleaning process, put all the elements back in place. Place a bowl of vinegar on a top grate. One drink is enough. Set the dishwasher program to run on very hot water and let it run empty. Do not begin the drying process. Then remove the bowl and sprinkle the bottom of the machine with a jar of baking soda. Then set a program for a short wash cycle. Finally, rinse the “empty” dishwasher. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find it’s given a makeover!

Other natural remedies to use:

  • Eliminate bad odors with citrus fruits

Many people don’t take advantage of the unexpected potential of the peels of oranges and lemons. So stop throwing them in the trash! When you put citrus peels in the dishwasher, you’re guaranteed to leave behind a delicate, fresh and zesty scent. You can put them in a small bag or store them in one of the cutlery compartments. Then, remove them after each wash.

  • Rely on the deodorizing power of baking soda

For the final touch of cleaning, it’s always good to apply baking soda. Sprinkle half a cup of this white powder on the bottom of the dishwasher: this product quickly neutralizes unpleasant odors without damaging the appliance. Run a short cycle program at maximum temperature. Killing two birds with one stone, the baking soda removes food stains and refreshes the inside of the appliance. Say goodbye to bad odors!