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My dishwasher is emitting a strong bad odor when its door is open. It's a settled odor resulting from a mix of the accumulated dishes together with the plastic material inside. Even if the machine stays empty, the odor is always there.

What can I do to destroy this odor?

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Try throwing some baking soda and lemon juice in it and run an empty load without soap. Repeat as needed.

I'd try about half a normal sized box of baking soda and half to a whole cup of lemon juice.

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Baking soda is the cleaning solution that powers so much else. –  justkt Aug 13 '10 at 12:01

In the US, I've had very good luck with Dishwasher Magic.

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Hobodave has the right solution, in addition i would suggest you a product like this to keep the dishwater's odor fresh.

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