How to Clean a Stainless Steel Dishwasher Tub
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How to Clean a Stainless Steel Dishwasher Tub

Stainless steel dishwasher tubs offer a number of advantages. They last longer than plastic tubs and also handle high temperatures better than plastic, which means your dishes get even cleaner.

That said, just because you can expect your stainless steel dishwasher tub to be durable doesn't mean you can neglect basic appliance maintenance. Proper cleaning will allow your dishwasher to look and function its best throughout its entire lifespan.

To help you keep your stainless steel dishwasher in tiptop shape, we've put together this expert guide on how to clean a dishwasher tub. Read on for some helpful tips.

Clean it with vinegar


Vinegar is many people's go-to cleaning product for appliances. It's natural, not overly abrasive, and works wonders on all sorts of grime.

Cleaning your stainless steel dishwasher tub with vinegar is simple. One method is to turn your dishwasher on long enough to allow the bottom to fill with water. Don't add detergent when you do this. Once there is water in the bottom, stop the cycle, and add two cups of vinegar. Close the dishwasher door and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Then continue running the cycle. You should find that the combination of vinegar and hot water has done wonders to clean your dishwasher tub.

Add some baking soda

Baking Soda

Let's say that you run your dishwasher with vinegar and discover that it didn't totally do the trick. In that case, you may want to run it again with some baking soda. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of your stainless steel dishwasher tub, and run the dishwasher again on a short cycle with the water as hot as possible. The baking soda will get to work tackling any stains to help your dishwasher look sparkling fresh and new.

Consider trying some lemonade mix

Lemonade powder

Another option for cleaning your dishwasher is lemonade mix. This can be especially handy if you don't have any vinegar on hand. All you need to do is fill your soap cup with the mix, and run your dishwasher with the water on the highest temperature setting. The lemonade mix will function much like vinegar in removing any stains that have built up in your dishwasher tub.

There may come a time, of course, when you decide that rather than continuing to tackle stains in your dishwasher, it's better simply to buy a new one. If that time has come for you, we have many options for you to choose from. One is this Bosch unit from the 800 Series, which comes with six wash cycles and can accommodate up to 15 place settings. Its RackMatic® system adjusts the top rack in just one step, even when loaded. It also adjusts to three different heights and allows for up to nine rack positions for ultimate loading flexibility.

Another great option is this built-in unit from Forté's 250 Series. It comes with six wash cycles and can accommodate up to a dozen place settings. Its delay start feature allows you to set the dishwasher to run whenever is most convenient for you, and it offers exceptionally quiet operation at 49 dBA, which is less than the level of a normal conversation.

Related Question

Where are Bosch dishwashers made?

Almost all Bosch dishwashers are made in the United States, at plants in New Bern, NC and LaFolette, TN, but there are a few Bosch Benchmark units that are made in Germany.

Are Forté appliances good?

Forté appliances are known for their reliability, high performance, and ease of use, as well as for being low maintenance. This, combined with their timeless Italian design and easy-to-clean surfaces, makes Forté one of the best brands of appliances.