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Does your dishwasher stink? Here’s what you should do

dishwasher stink

There’s nothing better than a clean kitchen at the end of a meal and we can often thank our dishwasher for helping out!  However, just because dishwashers clean the dishes, it doesn’t mean they clean themselves! To rid dishwasher stink follow our simple cleaning tips.

Here’s how to clean your dishwasher:

Clean the filters

Most dishwashers have filters, which prevent the drains from getting clogged. These are the most common cause of nasty odours as the filters catch food particles, which quickly create a build up of bacteria! Remove the drain filter and give it a good scrub with soap and hot water. Ensure it is free of debris and then reinsert it back into the dishwasher.

Clean the inside of the dishwasher

Over time grime from dirty dishes accumulates on the inside of the dishwasher. Wipe down the insides of the dishwasher, including the top, bottom, sides and door. Remove the wracks and wash them with hot water and soap. Don’t forget to wipe down the door seals!

Rinse the dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar is known for its superior anti bacterial properties. Put a cup of white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher and run on a hot cycle. Once complete, sprinkle baking soda along the bottom and repeat the rinse cycle. This should leave your dishwasher smelling fresh and looking squeaky-clean!

When to clean your dishwasher

  • Every couple of week give your empty dishwasher a rinse.
  • Every month clean the filters and inside of your dishwasher thoroughly.

An unclean dishwasher ultimately means unclean dishes, despite how they clean they may look, nasty bacteria is likely lurking.

Keep on top of your clean dishwasher, and eliminate the stink!

What is causing my dishwasher to smell?

A smelly dishwasher is a sign of a dirty dishwasher.

Over time small particles of food that aren’t rinsed from dishes as they are put in the dishwasher build up in the filter and crevices and start to smell.

These smells transmit to the clean dishes during the drying cycle, leaving them less than fresh when you go to empty the dishwasher.

There are DIY steps you can take to eliminate your dishwasher’s funky smell and in turn maximise its cleaning efficiency.

How you can stop your dishwasher from smelling:

Clean the dishwasher
Even though there is constantly water running through your dishwasher it doesn’t mean it stays clean! You can clean the dishwasher by lightly scrubbing the inside, including shelves and walls with soapy water when empty. Then run the dishwasher on a hot cycle to thoroughly rinse. Doing this regularly should keep odours at bay.

Clean the filter
When you remove the filter you will usually find it has a build up and layer of food remains on it. This will quickly harvest bacteria and start to smell as well as hinder the dishwasher’s ability to do its job! To clean; remove the filter and use a scrubbing brush to scrub with hot soapy water. Thoroughly rinse before you put it back.

Scrape and rinse dishes
Make sure to scrape all food off dishes and rinse them prior to placing them in the dishwasher. This will mean your dishwasher can work more effectively and it will keep excess food from building up in the filter and the pipes and causing odours!


By taking preventative action and periodically cleaning the inside of the dishwasher and filters you should be able to keep dishwasher odour at bay and your dishes sparkling clean in turn!