Do-It-Yourself Appliance Repair Tips: Get Rid of a Bad Smell in a Dishwasher

As dishwashers age, it’s not uncommon for them to develop a strong, unpleasant odor inside. Often, this is simply due to a build-up of debris in the plumbing and in the dishwasher unit itself. Fortunately, you can usually get rid of an unpleasant dishwasher smell on your own by following a few simple steps.

1. Eliminate odors from the plumbing in your kitchen by pouring about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain of your sink. Then, pour white vinegar into the drain and wait 5 minutes. Heat water (without running the taps first) until boiling and then pour the piping hot liquid down the drain.

2. After you have deodorized your pipes, it’s time to eliminate the scents from the dishwasher itself. Pour 500 mL of white vinegar into your empty dishwasher. Close the door and let the vinegar rest inside of the dishwasher for two full hours. Then, switch your dishwasher to the hottest temperature level and let it run a complete cycle. If any unpleasant smells still linger, complete the entire process for a second time.

3. While having a foul odor in your dishwasher is not unusual, the problem can sometimes indicate that the appliance needs serviced. In addition to trying the tips in steps 1 and 2, you can contact our team at Matic Service for help. As experts in appliance repairs, we can evaluate whether or not that odor is a sign of further trouble. Contact us today to set up a check-up for your dishwasher.