questionshow can i claim to clean dishes in there?

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Cheap
Vinegar
lemon kool-aid with no sugar.
Not so cheap
clr cleaner

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Here are some good answers on this question from a month ago.

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I use a packet of lemonade kool-aid, sugar free, and just pour it in the container like it's detergent...run the heaviest wash cycle you can, and afterwards it will smell a whole heck of a lot better. Might not be good as new, but it won't reek.

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If it is smelling so bad I would first check the discharge hose for a blockage. It will run directly into your P-trap drain or garbage disposal. Second thing I would check (if it is running into the disposal) is if the plastic knock out was removed from the disposal when the drain line was connected? I have come across this on a couple occasions.

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Great point, @jimmyd103. If it smells that bad, a backup is a smart first place to look.

As for general cleaning/deodorizing, I second @caffeine_dude.

I just wanted to add a brief explanation and directions....

Distilled white vinegar contains acetic acid.

Kool-Aid Lemonade Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix contains citric acid.

Either one will clean the interior surfaces of your dishwasher, including the jets.

NOTE: Only use the Unsweetened Kool-Aid for 2 reasons:
1) It's the only type with citric acid listed as the first ingredient (meaning it has a higher concentration of the ingredient you want)
2) sugar would leave a sticky residue.

Lemonade: Use a single-serving packet in the soap dispenser
Vinegar: Use one cup poured into the bottom of the dishwasher

Either way, run a cycle with an empty dishwasher.

Bonus tip: If you don't have hard water, you can use full-strength distilled vinegar instead of a commercial rinse-aid (Jet-Dry).

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Sometimes the cause is putting very dirty dishes in and letting them sit for long periods before running. If you know it is going to be a long time before you run the washer instead of simply scraping clean if u give it a real quick rinse in the sink to get the stuff that doesn't scrape off (sauce's,syrups, ketchup etc.) it will stop the stink from forming.

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Another thing you might want to try is a Rockin' Green product. Email them and tell them your situation and they'll let you know which is best for you.

I had serious deodorant burns in some older shirts I didnt want to get rid of, but nothing else worked. Made a paste out of the product they recommended and did the suggested wash cycle and the shirts look brand new. One of them is almost a decade old. I'll spare you how bad it was, but I was in awe that the shirt felt new.

I got an email from them telling me I can use it in the dishwasher too, cleaned up some heavily soiled pans.

I don't know for sure if it can get rid of an odor, but give them an e-mail all the same. They're super quick and friendly. They also have sample size things for like a dollar, so if you're hesitant, try one of those.

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@anotherhiggins: Thanks! I was in a hurry, and never made it back to go into detail. To be fair you gave it a bit more then I would have even if I had gone into detail.