How to Clean a Whirlpool Dishwasher

Dishwashers do heavy-duty cleaning in many households. Rarely do we consider cleaning something that scrubs other things for us. Simple steps to clean your Whirlpool dishwasher may extend its lifespan and keep your dishes sparkling.

Clean Your Dishwasher

Step 1

Empty the dishwasher. Clean out any remaining food residue in the trap at the bottom of the unit with a paper towel.

Step 2

Scrub the outer seal and edges with hot soapy water, using a toothbrush or other small scrubber.

Step 3

Use gentle abrasive cleaner, such as SoftScrub or Bon Ami, to clean hard-to-clean grime.

Step 4

Scrub around hinges and around buttons and dials on front panel with toothbrush.Go over all areas again with soft sponge and hot soapy water. Sponge should be damp, not dripping.

Step 5

Remove the bottom dish rack and scrub the floor of the dishwasher. Remove any food stuck in corners. Use the sponge to scrub around the soap dispensers. Remove any residue.

Step 6

Place 1 cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup on the top rack. Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher. .

Step 7

Run the dishwasher on a short cycle, using the hottest water setting. Use the dish drying setting as well to be sure the inside has been completely sanitized.