Our appliances, just like most worthwhile things in our lives, appreciate a little TLC every now and then. Dishwashers are no exception, even though this might like an odd prospect because aren’t dishwashers supposed to clean things on their own? However, over time your beloved dishwasher can collect food particles, soap residue, and inexplicable debris that will need to be wiped or washed away to ensure your appliance will deliver the best results.
You’ll be amazed at what can accumulate and lodge inside of your dishwasher, and you might even find a lost utensil or two while you’re in there. Your dishwasher is the appliance responsible for delivering you sparkling clean dishes, but there are a few tips and tricks to ensure you get the best performance from your beloved kitchen companion.
Is your dishwasher in need of a bath? Here are 8 Tips for a Radiantly Clean Dishwasher.
You Will Need
Soft rags or microfiber cloths
Distilled white vinegar
Stainless steel or multipurpose cleaner
Toothpick (or small pointy object)
1.) Empty all dishes
After you have run a full cycle, completely empty the dishwasher of all dishes.
2.) Remove the racks, clean the spinning holes
Take out the removable sliding racks by pulling them completely out of your dishwasher. It is also important that the holes in the spinning arm are clear of debris so that open water can freely run through them. Using a toothpick or some other small pointed object, carefully remove any debris that has built up in the holes of the spinning arm.
3.) Wipe the dishwasher grate
Inspect the grill or grate in the bottom of the dishwasher where the wastewater collects during a cycle, and remove any food particles that are stuck in the grate. Then, wash the grate area with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water. This is also a good time to wipe away any debris that has accumulated at the bottom of your dishwasher door where water cannot reach.
4.) Wash the filter
Some dishwashers have their filters attached with multiple screws. Make sure you have a tool on hand to remove them properly, then set them aside in a safe place. Remove and disassemble the parts in your sink, then using a soft toothbrush to wash the filter parts with warm, soapy water or baking soda paste. Dry, reassemble, and replace all parts.
5.) Clean the door seal
The door seal of your dishwasher can be a stubborn area to clean. Soak a damp cloth in distilled vinegar, then wipe around the edges of the door seal. Any tiny or tight areas can be tackled with a toothbrush or a Q-tip that is also soaked in vinegar.
6.) Clean the utensil rack
Check your dishwashers utensil rack for any stuck-on food particles, then remove them with a soapy toothbrush or sponge. If they need it, wash off or wipe down the top and bottom racks of your dishwasher. Replace them back into your appliance along with the utensil rack.
7.) Run an empty cycle
Hard water can be one of your dishwashers biggest enemies. To remove any hard water deposits and clear away any food particles you might have missed, add two cups of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher and run it on either a light or express cycle. Halfway through the cycle, stop the dishwasher and let the vinegar stand on the bottom for approximately 20 minutes. Then turn on the dishwasher and repeat the cycle.
8.) Clean and polish
Clean and polish the exterior, buttons, and sides of your dishwasher panel. For a streak-free finish, spray cleaner on a soft towel, then dry with a second clean towel in the direction of the grain. If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, you will benefit from applying a stainless steel spray to the exterior, then wiping with a soft or microfiber cloth. If necessary, rinse the spray and wipe dry to polish.
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