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Product Help | Whirlpool

Food Odors - Portable Dishwasher

Possible Solutions

Are there food soils on the dishes or the bottom of the tub?

Odors can be caused by dirty dishes and food soils that fall into the tub or other parts of the dishwasher and decompose.

  • If the dishwasher is not used daily, you can run a rinse cycle with the partial load until a full load is ready to be washed. 

Additional steps if necessary:

  • You can also run a vinegar rinse through the dishwasher by putting 2 cups (500 mL) of white vinegar in an upright glass measuring cup in the lower rack.
    • Next, run a normal cycle with the dry option turned off (on some models). Do not use detergent with this method. 

Use affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner regularly to keep the tub of the dishwasher clean of soils.

Is the dishwasher filter dirty? (on some models)

Cleaning the filters periodically helps keep the dishwasher working at peak performance and helps to remove odor-causing soils. The filters can be found at the bottom center of the dishwasher. See the Owner's Manual for instructions on removing and cleaning the filters.

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Use affresh™ Dishwasher cleaner 1 per month

We recommend the use of affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner every 30 days to keep the dishwasher fresh, reduce odors, and eliminate detergent build-up.


Cleans even where you can't see

affresh® cleans deep inside your appliances reaching components such as the tub, racks, pump, valves, drain, and recirculation hoses.

Cleaners are available at many retailers or can be purchased here.

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