An automatic dishwasher is more energy- and water-efficient than washing by hand. But if your dishwasher isn't doing the swell job it did when you first got it, it may be time to actually wash the dishwasher. Start by filling a large water glass with white vinegar and propping it upright inside the dishwasher; run the dishwasher as normal, and the vinegar will help break down stains and build-up inside. Also, just propping the dishwasher door slightly ajar after each use will help keep the inside dry and free of mold and mildew.
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