How to Clean a Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher Drain

You rely on your dishwasher to keep your dishes sparking clean. During the completion of this task, the interior of the dishwasher gets dirty. Food debris, hard water and detergent residue can build on your dishwasher drain. This buildup may cause your Whirlpool Gold dishwasher to smell or operate incorrectly. You can clean the drain of your dishwasher yourself using common household items found in your kitchen.


Step 1

Wet the sponge with warm water. Sprinkle the sponge lightly with powdered dishwasher detergent. Scrub the drain and surrounding area, using the sponge.

Step 2

Fill a dishwasher-safe measuring cup with 2 cups white vinegar. Place the filled measuring cup in the lower rack of your dishwasher.

Step 3

Start the dishwasher and allow it to run fully through the wash cycle. Do not include dishwasher detergent during this cycle. Set the control to energy-save dry -- do not use the heated dry.