Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

5 Tips for Cleaning Stains From a Dishwasher


Although it doesn't happen to everyone, dishwasher stains are a common problem.
Although it doesn't happen to everyone, dishwasher stains are a common problem.
B2M Productions/Photodisc/Getty Images

Dishwasher. The name of this appliance alone brings visions of cleanliness, warmth and freedom from being hunched over a sink, hands deep in hot water and soap. After slaving over a hot grill, stove or even microwave, who wants to hand-wash (and dry) dishes, silverware, glassware and pots and pans? Dishwashers take the work out of one of the most essential, yet least favorite, kitchen chores.

The hot water, steam and detergent from these amazing appliances are supposed to keep your kitchenware clean and in great condition, right? Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Stubborn spots, caked-on food and discolored metals are all unwanted yet common results of dishwasher issues. It's easy to blame the machine for your dish- or glassware woes, but most often, it's not the appliance itself that's sabotaging your clean dishes.


More to Explore