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    Dishwasher help!!

    My dishwasher smells! I put white vinegar in the rinse dispenser thinking it would help. I now leave the door open a little and that helps. Any ideas on what to do?
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    Sometime food particles accumulate in the bottom or by the drain. Try checking those spots to see if that helps.

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    Silly as it sounds, run some baking soda/vinegar mixture down your sink drain. The DW is connected to that drain and it could also be that your just noticing it more in the DW. Pour the old baking soda from your fridge down the drain then follow it with the vinegar. It will foam in the pipes and help clean them out. If you also have a garbage disposal, quarter a whole lemon and chop that up followed by some ice cubes in the disposer. Have everything smelling fresh in no time.

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    In the garbage disposer take off that rubber lip and wash the underside of it. You will be surprised how dirty it is, and smelly.
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    I think I saw something advertised to clean dishwasher, or maybe that was washing machine?! I don't use dishwasher, have one, just old fashinoned I guess. I use mine for storage!
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    Here is how I clean mine -

    First make sure to clean the filter in the bottom --- food sticks to it
    Clean the gasket/seal around the inside edge of the door
    Put 2 cups of white vinegar in a bowl and set upright on the bottom rack - run the dishwasher through a short cycle and it should be as good as new!

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    MY dishwasher had the most awful smell. I tried everything, bleach baking soda etc. Nothing fixed it. I googled it too. I finally figured out that food particles accumulate in the bottom edge of the door. I got some paper towels and wiped it gagging the whole time. It was really gross. Now I clean it every week or 2. Just take some paper towels and clean the bottom edge of the door with it wide open. Hope this helps. It solved my problem.
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    on the bottom of the dishwasher around the seal on the door, run your fingers around it and see if there is food particles that have dried there. i had somewhat of the same situation and cleaned that up and it was green and gooey, then i ran a pot scrubber cycle with bleach in the detergent cup and it solved problem. good luck, it's a messy job!!
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    A cup of "TANG" in the dishwasher or washing machine scrubs the inside of the machine and it has a nice citrus smell when done.
    Run an empty load with the Tang in it and fore-go the dry cycle.
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    I use some stuff called Citra Cleen. It cleans the inside of your dishwasher and also keeps your glasses from spotting. It is really good for stainless lined dishwashers. Keeps the stainless steel from getting dull. and makes the dishwasher smell better.

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