Recently I have had a funky smell coming from my sink/dishwasher area. I thought it was in the garbage disposal, but I also noticed it when I opened the dishwasher (after a cleaning cycle!). YUCK!
Time to do a deep cleaning!
I was simply going to tackle the dishwasher, but when I got some good info from TidyMom.net about how to clean my dishwasher and more, I decided to take it further!
I cleaned my dishwasher, drain, and sink, all at once and here’s how:
- Fill a sink halfway with hot water and add a cup of vinegar. Use this water as your cleaning solution.
- Scrub all removable parts.
- Wipe down the entire inside.
- After you clean the drain and sink, pour a layer of vinegar (about 1 cup) into the bottom of the dishwasher and do a quick, rinse cycle. The dishwasher will smell like vinegar when you are done, but that smell will go away after the first wash cycle you do.
- Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and cover immediately. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes, while you are cleaning the sink.
- After it sits, you can run hot water down the drain for a couple minutes to do a good flush.
- Drain the water you used to clean the dishwasher.
- Start filling the sink with hot water. While it is filling, pour in a layer of vinegar and a layer of baking soda and essential oil if you wish (I used lemon). Use a wet rag to wipe down the sink basin and surrounding areas with the water in the sink.
- Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Drain the water. Wipe, rinse, and dry.