Your dishwasher does hard work every day to keep your dishes clean, but how do you make sure the machine itself gets the same attention? Like all your appliances , your dishwasher needs to be cleaned from time to time to ensure it can do its job with your pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and silverware. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your dishwasher in clean and in peak condition.
Start with the Outside
If your appliance has a plastic front, then warm, soapy water is all you need to make it look its best. If you have a stainless steel model, then turn to glass cleaner to remove grime as well as fingerprints and smudges. Spray the cleaners on a cloth or paper towel before wiping down the front of the machine. If you spray the cleaner directly onto the dishwasher, you run the risk of ruining the electronic control buttons.
Clean the Filter
Cleaning the filter is the most important part of keeping your dishwasher clean. Most new dishwashers have filters that have to be manually cleaned, since they don’t have grinders to self-clean the filter. Manual-clean filters have become popular because they make dishwashers much quieter, but they are also prone to clogs if they aren’t cleaned regularly. Pull out the filter and wash the individual parts under warm water in the sink, using a small brush to remove debris if necessary. Do this about once a week to prevent clogs.
An easy fix for odors in your dishwasher is white vinegar. Put a small bowl of finger on the bottom shelf of your dishwasher and run it. The wash cycle will splash the vinegar around and then rinse it off, leaving your machine smelling fresh.
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