Monday, April 13, 2015

Deep Clean Your Dishwasher, Drain, and Sink

Deep Clean Your Dishwasher, Drain, and Sink - The Cozy Nook

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 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.


Clean Sink - The Cozy Nook

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Lisa! This deep cleaning tip for dishwashers that you shared will really come in handy. For one, it's very easy to do, and it only requires vinegar and baking soda. Aside from that, it will take only about an hour to finish. So, thank you so much for sharing this! :)

    Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing