I have wondered how to clean out my dishwasher for sometime and came across this tip on Pinterest and I just had to share it with you.
"Steps to giving your dishwasher a tune up and possibly even stopping a leak:
1: Clean out the filter on the bottom of the dishwasher. I wore gloves for this. *gag* The cover should come off pretty easily with the removal of a screw or just a little leverage of a butter knife. *Caution: Don't force it. It will be pretty easy if it's meant to come off .Clean everything out well and replace cover.
2: Check all of the holes where water sprays out. Water is usually recycled from the bottom so food and even soap granules can clog the holes. I even found a shard of glass from a cup that broke a few months back. I used a skewer to clear the holes out.
3: Clean out the steam vent on the door. Once again, gloves. *gag* I was SHOCKED how dirty this was and I am fairly certain that this is what was causing the leak. It was full of gunk and wasn't allowing water to drain off properly. Thus, the leak. The cover on the inside of the door should be easy to remove with a butter knife. *Caution: Don't force it. It will be pretty easy if it's meant to come off. Clean it out. Replace cover.
4: Last step. This one is easy. Run the EMPTY dishwasher with a 1/2 cup of CLR cleaner. (found with the cleaning supplies) This helps to remove anything you missed in steps 1-3. And just to be safe, run again to be sure all the cleaner is gone.
That's it! Easy, takes about 15 minutes, and you will be amazed at the difference. No more leaking! :)"
(Karen here) I am not one to use harsh chemicals, so instead of the CLR, I would just use vinegar.
Vinegar is a great cleaner, I use it for everything. Straight vinegar disinfects, mixed with baking soda makes a great drain cleaner, or thin vinegar with water to clean windows, counter tops and floors. It also eats hard water stains....just soak the item in a full strength solution. And last but not least I use it as my rinse cycle in the dishwasher....hey, it's great in the washing machine too. Run a cycle with vinegar in that one and you will do a tuneup on your washer, as well.