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A DIY aromatic cleanse for your dishwasher that is all-natural, quick and inexpensive!

Let’s embark on a quest to rejuvenate your dirty dishwasher, not with harsh chemicals, but with the power of natural cleaning and the delightful scent of essential oils. Bid farewell to residue and odors as we explore the best way to naturally clean your dishwasher on a wash cycle and leave it lemon fresh!

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Eliminating Smelly Dishwasher Odors with Natural Cleaning

Our faithful dishwasher, the unsung hero of the kitchen, deserves a spa day every now and then. Over time, detergent residues, hard water deposits, and lingering odors can compromise its efficiency. Enter natural cleaning – a gentle yet effective solution that not only maintains your dishwasher’s performance but does so with a touch of aromatherapy.

In the world of natural cleaning, two household staples take center stage. White vinegar and baking soda, the dynamic duo of cleaning agents, work in tandem to banish residue, dissolve hard water deposits, and neutralize lingering odors.

Vinegar, with its gentle acidity, tackles mineral deposits and greasy build-up while imparting a pristine clarity to your glassware. Meanwhile, baking soda scours away residues.

Together with lemon and tea tree essential oils,  a powerful combination is created. The result? A dishwasher that not only sparkles with cleanliness but also carries invigorating scents of a natural cleanse. Say goodbye to smelly dishwasher odors, courtesy of the natural duo of vinegar and baking soda with added essential oils.

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The Ingredients

White Vinegar

White vinegar, the kitchen magician, is the cornerstone of this natural cleaning concoction. Its acidity tackles mineral deposits and grease, leaving your dishwasher sparkling.

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Baking Soda

A gentle scouring agent and deodorizer, baking soda partners with white vinegar to break down stubborn residues and neutralize unpleasant odors.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Harnessing the zesty freshness of lemon essential oil, we add a burst of citrusy power to our cleaning blend. Lemon oil not only cuts through grease but leaves behind a crisp, uplifting aroma.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Renowned for its antimicrobial properties, tea tree essential oil joins the ensemble to combat bacteria and fungi, ensuring your dishwasher is not just clean but also sanitized.

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How It Works

DIY Dishwasher Cleaner

Bid farewell to residue and odors in your dishwasher with this natural wash cycle cleanse with essential oils.
Yield: 1 wash cycle


  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil


  • Begin with a clean slate: Ensure your dishwasher is empty, free of dishes and utensils. Clean the filters, and wipe down the seals.
  • Pour in White Vinegar: Fill a dishwasher-safe container with white vinegar and place it on the top rack. As the dishwasher runs, the vinegar will circulate, tackling mineral deposits and greasy build-up.
  • Add Essential Oils: Harness the power of essential oils by adding 10-15 drops each of lemon and tea tree essential oils to the vinegar-filled container. This aromatic duo not only cleans but leaves a refreshing scent.
  • Run a Normal Wash Cycle: Run a normal cycle with the heat dry option turned off to clean the inside of your dishwasher. Do not use detergent.
  • Sprinkle Baking Soda: After the cycle with vinegar is complete, sprinkle a cup of baking soda along the bottom of the dishwasher. This mild abrasive will assist in scouring away residues while neutralizing odors.
  • Run a Hot Wash Cycle: Set your dishwasher to the hottest and longest wash cycle available.
  • Admire the Results: Once the wash cycles are complete, open the dishwasher and behold the brilliance. Your dishwasher is now not only clean but infused with the invigorating scents of lemon and tea tree.

An Amazing Lingering Aroma – Bonus, a Revitalized Dishwasher

As you unload your freshly cleaned dishes, you’ll notice a subtle aroma lingering – a testament to the natural cleaning power of essential oils. Bid farewell to the synthetic fragrances of commercial cleaners and welcome the invigorating scents of nature into your kitchen.

In conclusion, the best way to naturally clean your dishwasher is a harmonious blend of white vinegar, baking soda, and the aromatic prowess of lemon and tea tree essential oils. Let your dishwasher revel in this cleanse, emerging not only cleaner but also imbued with the refreshing essence of nature. Until the next aromatic cleanse, may your dishes be spotless and your kitchen be filled with the delightful scents of essential oils. Happy cleaning!

Tips and Warnings

Using products with essential oils:

  • Use caution when using essential oils on young children.
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a health practitioner before using any products with essential oils.