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There is a stale smell inside the dishwasher. How do I clean the inside of the dishwasher to get rid of that smell?

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Try backing soda that should work only 2 tbl spoons good luck

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Try dishwasher cleaner (Finish is one brand). Available at Sears, Home Depot and most hardware stores. Follow directions on package.

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