We rely on our dishwashers to provide us with sparkling clean dishes, but if the inside is lined with hard water deposits and detergent residue, we are making its job more difficult.
Use this simple method from Heloise to get your dishwasher in shape:
Turn on the dishwasher when it is empty; don’t use any dishwasher detergent.
Let the bottom of the washer fill with water, stop the cycle, then pour in 2 to 3 cups of plain white or apple-cider vinegar. Let the dishwasher finish the cycle. You might need to repeat if you have extremely stubborn hard-water stains inside.
Do this periodically to keep the dishwasher clean and fresh.