How to Clean a Dishwasher So It Looks Like New

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Sure, your dishwasher cleans your dishes. But have you ever thought of cleaning the dishwasher itself? With this dishwasher cleaner, it's simple (and hands-off, too!).

When it comes to cleaning at home, you might be overdoing it in some areas and neglecting others, like your dishwasher. It seems counterintuitive since it cycles water and soap inside all the time, but sometimes that machine needs a little cleanup, too. You clean your sink, right? The same holds true for your dishwasher. By the way, did you know your dishwasher could do these 15 things?

For a deep clean, you’ll want to follow these instructions on cleaning the filter and sanitizing the racks. For regular cleaning, though, you don’t need to pull out the rubber gloves.

Instead, you can opt for a dishwasher cleaning solution or pod that helps you clean the inside of your appliance in a single step. Like any other cleaning product on the market, there are standouts and flops. Our editors bought every brand we could find and tested them in our home kitchens. Check out our favorite.

The Best Dishwasher Cleaner: Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets


Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets made cleaning up our dishwashers easy! Editors popped these tabs into our dishwashers, and when the cycle was over, we found a sparkling-clean interior. These tablets cleaned away all the limescale and mineral deposits that can build up on the walls. The scent was mild and fresh, another big bonus.

The packaging says that you can use this cleaner in a regular dishwashing cycle with dishes. Our testers recommend running the dishwasher empty, just to avoid compromising any delicate dishware. Overall, though, this product left our dishwashers looking like new with minimal effort. Think you have a moldy dishwasher? Here’s how to fix that, too.

$5.40 for six tablets; available at retailers nationwide.

The bottom line

While we tested a half dozen other brands, Affresh is the only dishwasher cleaner that we’d recommend. Others just didn’t seem to make much of a difference in cleanliness. Affresh, however, left dishwashers looking shiny and new. When you’ve found the best, who needs the rest, right?

Now, just make sure you’re loading that dishwasher the right way to keep it running perfectly!

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