If you use your dishwasher on a regular basis, you may notice every now and then that your dishes are not as clean as they should be. Excess food particles and residues can eventually build up in your dishwasher and stick to your dishes, which may need a second washing to come clean. Next time you notice this problem, simply run some Clorox or bargain-brand powdered bleach through your dishwasher to help dissolve the food particles and make your dishes squeaky clean.
Empty your dishwasher. Remove all of your dishes, utensils and drinking glasses from the dishwasher, after you have run them through their final washing and drying cycle.
Remove any visible debris that has settled at the bottom of your dishwasher. Take a look at the inside of your dishwasher; you may notice a buildup of food and debris stuck to the filter on the floor of the dishwasher. Remove as much of the debris as you can using your fingers or a paper towel.
Fill the dishwasher detergent receptacle with Clorox powdered bleach. Run the dishwasher as you normally would, minus the dishes. Once the dishwasher has gone through all of the cycles, it should be clean and ready for normal use.
Add a cup of white vinegar. Place a cup of vinegar in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, after running the bleach through a cycle. Do not mix the two together. The bleach should be run through one complete cycle (minus the heat cycle), followed by a second complete cycle using the cup of vinegar. After the white vinegar cycle your dishwasher should be odor free, stain free and sparkling clean.