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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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    I have used Tang in my dishwasher too. It really helped to clean it up. After seeing how it scrubbed out my dishwasher though, I decided not to drink it anymore. Even if it is the drink of astronauts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    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.
    I had a plumber out recently and that is exactly what he told me to do to keep the drains clean and clear. He also said to use it the same way in my toilet and never ever pour chemical drain cleaner in the drain or the toilet, it ruins the pipes.
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    My repair man has me put a soup bowl full of white vinegar on the top wrack and run it with clean dishes in it with no soap .This also removes any build up that can get on glasses No odor and sparking dishes.
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    Grab and outdated bottle of Italian salad dressing from the frige & pour it in the bottom of the dishwasher...run it through a full cycle (no soap)...then run a load of dishes with soap, as you normally do. I got this tip from a repairman who came out because my new dishwasher stunk...especially in hard water areas...you get a lot of soap/detergent buildup...and that is what smells (just like the newer front load washing machines)...the salad dressing clears this out. He said I could make my own "dressing" out of oil and vinegar.


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    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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    Dishwasher Magic is what I use, you can purchase from Walmart, Menards to name a few places.
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