How to Clean Your Dishwasher with a Steam Cleaner

This post likely contains affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions.

The dishwasher is for cleaning your dishes, but how do you clean a dishwasher? Is there a dishwasher washer you’ve overlooked somewhere the help you know how to clean a dishwasher?

When your dishwasher itself isn’t very clean, it doesn’t do as great of a job sterilizing, cleansing, washing, and rinsing your dinnerware. You need to clean your dishwasher periodically, maybe once a year at least, in order to keep it running like the beautiful, wonderful machine that it is.

I recently received a Dupray ONE Plus Steam Cleaner and accessory kit to test out and review here on the blog, and to give one away to my readers (giveaway entry at the end). I have never used a steam cleaner before and over the last two months have been trying it out on various appliances, fixtures, and materials in the hopes of figuring out the very best use of this awesome machine.

One of the best uses so far has been on the dishwasher!

Our dishwasher was getting super gross. I guess after more than 18 months of living here and never cleaning it, it makes sense that it would be so gross.

I poured some tap water into my Dupray ONE Plus Steam Cleaner, waited about 10 minutes for it to heat up, and then tackled my nasty dishwasher.

I steamed the outside door first because it looked like this:how to clean dishwasherThe greatest benefit though came when I steamed in the hinge area inside the dishwasher. There was a lot of nasty orange-colored gunk and black flecks shooting off from the corners (sorry I skipped the pictures for you). I loved how the machine made it easy to clean the parts I couldn’t see well, and I didn’t  have to scrub with a little finger in a nook anywhere. I didn’t have to do any scrubbing. how do you clean a dishwasherAfter I blasted away all the gunk, I wiped it all out with some paper towels. I then soaked up all the standing water that has been collecting at the bottom of the dishwasher as well, grabbing any little bits of plastic or whatever that was down there too.

It now looked a lot better, but I knew there were still some residue stains and hard water and I needed to run a cleansing cycle. clean dishwasher tutorialI grabbed my big jug of vinegar, and poured 2 cups of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and ran a water saving cycle. Halfway through the cycle I stopped it, and let it just sit for 10 minutes, and then I turned it back on (I set a timer). clean dishwasher - hard water stainsOnce it was done my dishwasher looked fabulous! Certainly not perfect, and I still don’t really care for this dishwasher (gotta love apartment living), but it’s clean and doing a better job keeping my dishes clean and sanitary. how to clean dishwasher - Simple DIY cleaning tutorial. Great tips on how to do it.


One of my lucky readers will win a brand new Dupray One Plus Steam Cleaner!

Dupray sells high-quality, European-made residential and commercial steam cleaners to parents around the world. Dupray is a family-owned business, proud that their machines offer a chemical-free way to clean your home. The machines use only tap water

The Dupray One Plus Steam Cleaner can be used to clean the entire house, from floor to ceiling – couches, windows, kitchens, cars, whatever task you have, it can do it. They have over 300 videos that shows what their machines can do! Here’s a great overview of the specific machine up for grabs:

I love how quickly it heats up, and that you can refill it while it’s being used, although I have never had to refill it while in use because it holds a lot of water. One of the best features of the steam cleaners is that it not only cleans, but that it sanitizes and deodorizes as it does so!

The machine is fairly small and a light 15 lbs, and doesn’t have to be emptied between uses.

The Dupray One Plus Steam Cleaner currently retails at $849, which is a lot. But, if you calculate how much money you spend on cleaning products in a year, this type of purchase actually makes a lot of sense, especially considering these steam cleaners last for over 15 years. In addition, the company plants one tree for every steam cleaner sold, and regularly donate to animal charities.

If you would like the chance to win a Dupray One Plus Steam Cleaner for your home, enter the rafflecopter below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Want More Parenting, Penny Pinching, and Simple Living Tips?


Subscribe and get my best advice delivered right to your inbox. As a thank you, you'll receive these three laundry room printables for FREE.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit


  1. Erin Ellis says

    Oh my goodness! I would clean everything! My shower, floors, dishwasher, counter tops! Their are endless things to clean in my home! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  2. Melissa S says

    I love that you don’t have to turn the machine off and wait for it to cool down to refill. I would love to be able to steam my couches.

  3. Christina A. says

    I would steam clean our sofas! I love that it has so many detachable hoses and parts for all different purposes!

  4. carol clark says

    my sofa my curtains the stove Simply add water during use for non-stop steam cleaning this feature i love

  5. suzanne says

    I would clean around my oven first, in the cracks that I can’t get to. I love that it has so many attachments and sanitizes without chemicals.

  6. Bridgett Wilbur says

    I would steam clean my refridgerator and I just love that it is light weight and doesn’t need to be emptied all the time.

  7. Melissa Teears says

    I would start by steam cleaning the bathroom. I love the fact that it kills all of the germs.

  8. Rust says

    I would clean my drapes and upholstered furniture, and my bathroom and kitchen. I like that it sanitizes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *