How to Clean your Dishwasher

A dishwasher spends all of its life cleaning other things. But it’s good to remember it needs a little tender loving care itself sometimes. The best thing you can do to pamper your machine and keep it smelling and working its best, is to give it a good old clean and here’s how you can do that.

Why do you need a clean dishwasher?

Just because you throw your dirty dishes in the dishwasher a few times a day and they come out pretty sparkly, does not mean that you have a clean machine. It needs attention too.

You should clean a dishwasher to ensure any old food is removed, thus making it more effective. A build-up of food can also cause a machine to overflow.

Any cleaning agents you’re using can also build-up, causing the machine to work less efficiently.

How often should I be cleaning a dishwasher?

You should aim to clean your dishwasher once a month to avoid any build-up of food or bacteria.

However, it’s a good idea to check out the dishwasher filter and wipe this weekly, as bits of food can get stuck and sometimes are sprayed back on your plates.

How to clean a dishwasher

  1. First thing to do is empty everything out of the dishwasher. Be sure to check the utensil pot for any medicine spoons or smaller items that might be hidden from sight. It’s also a great habitat for gunk.
  2. Forget any fancy chemicals. The best thing you can use for cleaning a dishwasher is 250ml of white vinegar, placed in the base of the unit, rather than expensive detergent.
  3. Next pour 100g baking soda into a small dish and place on the top rack of the dishwasher.
  4. Run as hot cycle.
  5. You should leave the machine closed for 20 minutes after the cycle has run, to allow the insides to steam.
  6. Finally, wipe the insides clean with a cloth or sponge, using an old toothbrush to remove any stubborn dirt.

This is a good cleaning regime but every now and again you should also wipe the door seals as food stuck on the rim of the door could lead to a leaking dishwasher – and no one wants to clear that mess up.

It is vital that you check for rust as this may appear after frequently using your machine over the years. It can usually be found lurking near the door latch.

And finally, don’t forget to wipe outside the machine too as grubby food fingerprints can get everywhere.

When looking to purchase a new dishwasher, ensure you take a brand’s reliability into account before you buy. And remember, it’s always worth checking out whether your dishwasher can be repaired before counting the pennies for a new one. A good engineer will carry spare parts to increase the chance of getting your dishwasher repaired during their first visit.

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