Can you run dishwasher with vinegar?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

I can definitely help you with that! So, the question is whether you can run a dishwasher with vinegar, right? Well, the short answer is yes, you can absolutely run your dishwasher with vinegar. In fact, it’s a great natural and affordable way to clean your dishwasher and keep it running efficiently.

Let me walk you through the process. First, you’ll need a dishwasher-safe bowl. Make sure it’s big enough to hold about 1 cup of white vinegar. White vinegar is the best choice here because it’s a strong acid that can break down tough stains and residues.

Once you have your bowl ready, simply pour the 1 cup of white vinegar into it. Now, place the bowl on the bottom rack of your empty dishwasher. By placing it on the bottom, the vinegar will be closer to the water source and distribute evenly throughout the machine.

Now, it’s time to set your dishwasher to run on a hot water cycle. The hot water will help activate the vinegar and allow it to break down any remaining bits of food, grease, soap scum, residue, and any other leftover grime that might be lurking in your dishwasher.

It’s important to note that you should only use vinegar in an empty dishwasher. This cleaning method is not meant for cleaning dishes, but rather for cleaning the dishwasher itself. So, make sure to remove any dishes, cutlery, or other items from the dishwasher before starting the cleaning process.

Once you’ve set the dishwasher to run on a hot water cycle, you can sit back and relax. The vinegar will work its magic, cleaning and deodorizing your dishwasher from the inside out. You might notice a slight vinegar smell during the cleaning process, but don’t worry, it will dissipate once the cycle is complete.

After the cycle is finished, you can open the dishwasher and take a look. You should notice that any stains or residues that were present before are now gone. If there are still some stubborn spots, you can use a soft sponge or cloth to gently scrub them away.

And that’s it! Running your dishwasher with vinegar is a simple and effective way to keep it clean and odor-free. Plus, it’s much more affordable than buying expensive dishwasher cleaners. I personally use this method regularly and have found it to be very effective in maintaining the cleanliness of my dishwasher.

So, give it a try and see the difference it makes in your dishwasher’s performance. I hope this information helps, and happy cleaning!