Using a dishwasher is one of the most water- and energy-efficient ways to get your dishes clean. It’s greener than washing by hand, and it also usually delivers a more sanitized finish on cups, utensils, plates and more. But did you know your dishwasher needs to be cleaned every few months, too? To keep your appliance in its best shape, simply fill a large bowl with white vinegar and place it inside, right side up. The mild acid will help neutralize odors and germs as it is dispensed. Then sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom of the dishwasher and run it empty; this will give the interior one last clean. These two steps will leave your dishwasher sanitized and ready for your next load of dirty dishes.
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