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Remove Odor from Dishwasher


  • Dishwasher smells bad
  • Odor coming from the dishwasher
  • How to rid a dishwasher of a foul odor
  • Water pooling creates bad odor


  • Dirt and food debris around the seals and in the corners of the dishwasher
  • Regular use of low temperature programs
  • Small amount of water stays to prevent pumps and seals from drying out
  • Large amount of dirty water from sink draining into garbage disposal and backing up into drain line


Note that new units can have a new appliance smell that will fade over time.

To prevent odors:

  • Leave the door slightly ajar to allow air into the unit after a wash cycle completes.
  • Run a program with a higher temperature like Heavy once a month.

To remove odors:

  1. Clean the dishwasher and disposal a few times per year to keep it clean and odor free. See How to Clean a Dishwasher.
  2. Clean the seals and in the corners of the dishwasher with a brush and a low foaming cleaner. Clean below the door is where most food debris is caught.
    • JAWS Slosh Low-Foam Cleaner is an example of a low-foam cleaning product. Do not use bleach, it will cause corrosion on stainless steel.
  3. Clean the garbage disposal. See Clean Dishwasher Disposal.
  4. Clean the drain line to the dishwasher and drain pump.
  5. If standard cleaning does not resolve the odor, Dishwasher Magic is a product for use during an empty cycle to remove odors.


Refer to the product Use and Care Guide for further information.


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