Dirty Dishwasher!!!

Updated on April 26, 2008
T.B. asks from Boise, ID
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The inside of my dishwasher is NASTY!! It is greasy and greyish brown and slimy. YUCK! This is my first dishwasher and I have had it a year. I tossed some baking powder in it and sent it through the wash cycle but it didn't work. Now I am trying vinegar. But if that doesn't work I have no idea what to do. Are there special dishwasher cleaners out there. What am I supposed to do? I really like the convenience of a dishwasher and don't want to have to go back to washing by hand.
I forgot to mention that my dishwasher is a free standing not an installed version.

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Though I am a little worried that you can use Tang to clean a dishwasher I am up for anything. I just got back from vacation and am going to try all the advice that I have been given til I find which one works. Thank you all so much for the advice!

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S.M.

answers from Casper on

After you unclog the drain, google 'clean dishwasher'. The first link had a pretty good process.

BTW I am jealous. If I want to clean my dishwasher I step in the shower, get the shampoo...

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E.R.

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I agree with Anne. It sounds like the dishwasher might not be draining properly and then the water stagnates and gets slime all over. Check where the water drains. There is usually a filter you can remove. Sometimes food gets stuck in there and can clog the drain a bit. Good luck!

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C.B.

answers from Denver on

You need a new dishwasher! It should not be that dirty and if it is only a year old it should be under warranty.

Until then try beach! Run it through. If that doesn't work try spraying Tilex Mold and Mildew and let it set for awhile.
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J.H.

answers from Billings on

Is it still under warranty? If so, I'd call the repair man. We have had our about six months, and it still looks brand new inside (and we have a well). I bet there is something wrong. In the meantime, you could always scrub the inside out with something by hand, and then see if it stays clean until you get it fixed...good luck!

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D.K.

answers from Denver on

There are all sorts of cool things you can buy to clean your dishwasher. Go to Target/Walmart and look in the dishwashing cleaner area. I used this tablet thing, you run it through WITHOUT dishes and it cleaned my dishwasher big time. Limeaway has a product too, even see if you can use Oxiclean in the dishwasher.

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A.F.

answers from Salt Lake City on

My suggestion would be to find out what is making it dirty so you can prevent it more in the future. If you have well water, that could be the culprit. There is a dishwasher cleaner out there by either Mr. Clean, or Oxy Clean. Can't remember which one. But it's in a white bottle sold in the dishwasher soaps and additives section (additives like jet-dry, etc). I've never tried it because I haven't been able to find it. But I usually check walmart or target. I haven't checked the regular grocery stores, and my dishwasher doesn't really need it that badly anyway. Check it out, or look for it online if you can't find it at the store. It's supposed to work really well. However, if you don't get to the root of the problem, it's just going to get bad again after you clean it. Sometimes (as with well water) there's no way to prevent it, just clean it when it gets bad. Good luck with it.

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A.R.

answers from Denver on

I agree with Anne, but in the mean time try Tang. I know it sounds weird, but when I was living in Maryland, we had Well water and it did a number on our dishwasher. A friend recommended that I try powdered Tang and it really helped. I pretty sure they sell it at King Soopers.

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S.M.

answers from Fort Collins on

I love the responses you've got so far I'm going to try some of them myself! Just wanted to add, there is a product I use that you can buy just for cleaning your dishwasher. I cant remember what its called or any details just that its dishwasher cleaner and you put it in and do a hot cycle and it really does wonders :)

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A.S.

answers from Denver on

Wow...I am glad that I don't drink Tang :)
If it can clean a dishwasher what does it do to your stomach!!!

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A.

answers from Salt Lake City on

It sounds like time to pull out the manual and check what it says. If you don't have it you can frequently find it online. You'll need the manufacturer and model number, if you can't find the website Google or another search engine would do it.

It sounds like an installation problem, it should not be leaving much moisture in the machine at the end of a cycle. It may take having a repair person out if the manual doesn't have it in the diagnostics section, it may even be covered under the warantee.

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S.M.

answers from Casper on

After you unclog the drain, google 'clean dishwasher'. The first link had a pretty good process.

BTW I am jealous. If I want to clean my dishwasher I step in the shower, get the shampoo...

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