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How to Clean a Dishwasher #FINISHTHEDISHES

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My dishwasher and I had a love-hate relationship. I love it because I can tuck away the dirty dishes and instantly make my kitchen look cleaner. I hate it because it seemed to never fully clean my dishes and it was starting to smell a little funky. I was getting really annoyed to see spots still on glasses and dishes looking more dirty than when they originally went in the dishwasher! I knew something wasn’t right.

I run the dishwasher just about every day so it does get a lot of use. Over the past little while, I’ve been noticing a very unpleasant smell coming out of it when it’s running. I looked inside and I didn’t see anything that could be causing it. There was no rotting food anywhere that I could see. It was especially embarrassing when someone came over while the dishwasher was running. I’ m sure people noticed the odour. I mean it was pretty hard not to! I thought there was something wrong with our plumbing. John didn’t seem to know what the problem was either.

When I discovered FINISH® Dishwasher Cleaner, I had high hopes. I really wanted it to work and hoped it would take care of whatever was causing the smell. I learned that even though a dishwasher may look clean, there could still be hidden grime and grease tucked away in spots you can’t see. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it. 


It’s extremely simple to use and your dishwasher will basically do all the work for you. Peel off the little sticker on the lid and place it upside in the bottom rack of your dishwasher. Run it on the hottest cycle you can. For me, that was the Pots & Pans cycle. Then let it do its magic.

As the dishwasher was running, I noticed the gross smell intensifying even worse than normal. I figured out why though. The next time I ran the dishwasher, there was no disgusting smell at all. It was 100% gone! My theory is that the FINISH® Dishwasher Cleaner cleared it out and brought whatever the source of the smell to the surface so it could be washed away. It’s a million times better now. I’m honestly shocked by how well it worked. I thought I was just going to have to live with that smell. Now that I know about this product, I’m going to be using it monthly. I’ll never let my dishwasher get like that again! 


It makes perfect sense though if you think about it. You wouldn’t wash your dishes in a dirty sink right? Then why wash them in a dirty dishwasher?

I’ve also started using FINISH® JET-DRY® Rinse Agent and noticed that glasses come out sparkly clean, silverware is shiny and plates clean and dry. If you notice your dishes come out even dirtier than when they went in the dishwasher, try this product. It helps to rinse away leftover food and detergent and dries your dishes much better than if you only used detergent on its own.

To use, just pour it into your Rinse Agent dispenser in your dishwasher and it will do its magic each time you run it. Works like a charm! I’ll be refilling my Rinse Agent dispenser every month when I use the FINISH® Dishwasher Cleaner. 


I feel relieved now that I don’t have to worry about a smelly dishwasher. If someone pops over unannounced, I won’t have that extra anxiety about whether they notice the icky smell. I also am liking that my dishes come out clean and dry and I don’t need to wipe them down at all. It saves me time and energy! 

Check out the Finish Dishwashing Expert website for tips, tricks and solutions to dishwasher problems. My smelly dishwasher issue was listed there too!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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