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?

3 Answers 3


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.

  • 2
    Baking soda is the cleaning solution that powers so much else.
    – justkt
    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:01

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


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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.