You may not think you need to clean your dishwasher but you really should. Here are 6 cleaning tips

Your dishwasher gets a lot of use. Apparently, dealing with food, heat, and moisture on a regular basis would make it an excellent breeding ground for gunk, hard water stains, and even mold and mildew. Actually, regular cleanings and the occasional deep cleaning will allow your dishwasher work better and last longer.
To clean the dishwasher, you don't need fancy products or expensive cleaning solutions. You'll find the items for these dishwasher cleaning hacks right in your pantry. Cleaning your dishwasher has never been easier!

1. Regular cleaning with baking soda and vinegar
Your dishwasher keeps gunk and hard water stains at a minimum with regular cleaning. Use the power of vinegar and baking soda to perform a hands-off cleaning once a month. Simply, place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher and run a hot water cycle. Next, sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher with baking soda. Run another cycle. This will leave you surprised how easy it is to keep your dishwasher fresh and clean using this method!

2. Use a toothbrush to remove mold and mildew
Several areas of your dishwasher can manage to hide mold, mildew, and gunk. As a matter of fact, they are usually hard to get into, especially around the bases of spinning arms and along the seals and gaskets. Use warm soapy water and a toothbrush to clean these areas. You can spray 3% hydrogen peroxide to kill the spores if you notice mold or mildew.

3. Clean your dishwasher with essential oils
To freshen a musty dishwasher, you can quickly run a cleaning cycle with natural ingredients. Start by adding a cup of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda over the vinegar then add a few drops of lemon essential oils and run a hot wash cycle. Your dishwasher will be cleaner and smell amazing.

4. Clean the filter weekly
It's recommended by most dishwasher manufacturers to clean the fine filter once a week. That is, too much debris and gunk filling your filter can cause your dishwasher to overflow all over your kitchen! A weekly cleaning takes just a few minutes. Remove the filter and rinse under hot water. After a few moments, add a few drops of dishwashing detergent and rub over the filter until it is clean. Rinse well and place back in the dishwasher.

5. Look under the course filter
You've cleaned the inside of your dishwasher. In the bottom underneath the course filter, a significant amount of dishwasher gunk hides. If you've never looked, you may be amazed at how much buildup can happen in this one spot. Thus, you can create a paste of white vinegar and baking soda to clean it. All you need to do is to apply the solution to the dirty area and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Rub gently with a clean sponge. To thoroughly remove the buildup, you may need to repeat the baking soda paste application a few times.

6. Make your own Lemi Shine dishwasher cleaner
Lemi Shine dishwasher cleaner works wonders on removing hard water stains and food debris from dishwashers. You can create your own DIY dishwasher cleaner at a fraction of the cost. Simply, mix together 1 1/3 cup of citric acid, 2/3 cup baking soda, and 2 tsp lemon essential oil. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the solution in the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a hot cycle and watch.