How to Get Rid of a Dishwasher Smell

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Get rid of dishwasher smell with white vinegar.

Since the dishwasher is always closed and water is always present, a musty odor can often develop in your dishwasher, making using the unit a potential problem. Add to that the dirty dishes that you may place in the dishwasher and allow to sit for several days at a time before running the dishwasher, and the appliance can quickly develop an unbearable odor that needs removal.


Step 1

Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into a bowl.

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Step 2

Sit the bowl on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Close the unit and allow the vinegar to absorb odor for 1 hour.

Step 3

Turn on the dishwasher and run a normal wash cycle with the bowl of vinegar still sitting in the dishwasher. The vinegar will be emitted from the bowl and sanitize the entire dishwasher.

Step 4

Open the dishwasher after the wash cycle completes and repeat if any odor remains.



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