How to Clean a Dishwasher So It Looks Like New

Sure, your dishwasher cleans your dishes. But have you ever thought of cleaning the dishwasher itself? With this dishwasher cleaner, it's simple (and hands-off, too!).

When it comes to cleaning at home, you might be overdoing it in some areas and neglecting others, like your dishwasher. It seems counterintuitive since it cycles water and soap inside all the time, but sometimes that machine needs a little cleanup, too. You clean your sink, right? Same holds true for your dishwasher.

For a deep clean, you’ll want to follow these instructions on cleaning the filter and sanitizing the racks. For regular cleaning, though, you don’t need to pull out the rubber gloves.

Instead, you can opt for a dishwasher cleaning solution or pod that helps you clean the inside of your appliance in a single step. Like any other cleaning product on the market, there are standouts and flops. Our editors bought every brand we could find and tested them in our home kitchens. Check out our favorite.

The Best Dishwasher Cleaner: Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets


Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner Tablets made cleaning up our dishwashers easy! Editors popped these tabs into our dishwashers, and when the cycle was over, we found a sparkling-clean interior. These tablets cleaned away all the limescale and mineral deposits that can build up on the walls. The scent was mild and fresh, another big bonus.

The packaging says that you can use this cleaner in a regular dishwashing cycle with dishes. Our testers recommend running the dishwasher empty, just to avoid compromising any delicate dishware. Overall, though, this product left our dishwashers looking like new with minimal effort.

$5.40 for six tablets; available at retailers nationwide.

The Bottom Line

While we tested a half dozen other brands, Affresh is the only dishwasher cleaner that we’d recommend. Others just didn’t seem to make much of a difference in cleanliness. Affresh, however, left dishwashers looking shiny and new. When you’ve found the best, who needs the rest, right?

Now, just make sure you’re loading that dishwasher the right way to keep it running perfectly!

Craving a deep clean in your kitchen? Check out these easy cleaning tips:

Be sure to check out our other Best Loved Brands to keep your house feeling clean and fresh (and to keep your pantry stocked with the very best, too!).

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.