questionshow can i claim to clean dishes in there?


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


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


I use a packet of lemonade kool-aid, sugar free, and just pour it in the container like it's 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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


@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.