I know you are tired because we are in the thick of the holiday season, but imagine how your dishwasher feels!  So let's give those hard working machines a spiff-up.

  1. Open the door and twist out the drain and filter.  Don't be intimidated by this, it was designed to be simple so you can do it at home.  So twist it out (pay attention to the way you take it out so you can easily put it back in) and clean it.
  2. Wipe down (or scrub if you need to) the door jam of the dishwasher.  Yes, get all the gunk off.
  3. Sprinkle the base of dishwasher with baking soda, put a cup full of vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher.  Run the dishwasher on the long, hot cycle.
  4. Tada . . . your dishwasher is clean.