How To Clean A Dishwasher

There’s no question that a dishwasher is a great addition to any kitchen space. Not only can dishwashers add aesthetic appeal to your kitchen, but they save us time and money. Instead of having to stand in front of the sink for hours every week, you can just load up the dishwasher and let it handle the dirty work. Over time, your dishwasher accumulates grime and debris, so it’s important to keep up with maintenance. Today, we’re going to walk you through everything you need to know about how to clean a dishwasher. After all, if your dishwasher isn’t clean, do you think your dishes will be? Probably not. 

When Should I Clean My Dishwasher? 

Like many other appliances in your home, you should have some sort of maintenance schedule. Every day, you should be paying attention to whether or not there’s debris or food. Wipe out the bottom of the dishwasher every day. Each week, you need to clean out the filter so you don’t end up with a poor-draining unit. 

How To Clean A Dishwasher The Right Way

One of the most important things to remember to do when maintaining a dishwasher is to scrape away excess food bits before loading a dish into the dishwasher. You don’t want your dishwasher to turn into a garbage disposal. This can lead to unnecessary buildup and smells. 

To clean out the dishwasher filter, we’ve got a few tips. First, remove the filter screen and the filter itself. Then, fill a large bowl with one part vinegar and two parts hot water. Put the screen and filter in the bowl and let it soak overnight. In the morning, grab a brush and scrub the screen, and filter thoroughly. Not only will the vinegar help break up debris, but it will also deodorize and remove mineral deposit buildup. Before you put the screen back, check the drain opening for any debris or blockages. If there’s standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher, the drain may be clogged. If you can’t pull out the clog with your hands, grab a snake and run it in and out. 

After you clean out the filter and screen, run a vinegar cycle. Pour three cups of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a quick, hot cycle. After that, run a cycle after sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the unit. This will guarantee a fresh and clean scent. Also, there won’t be any more grime or debris. Many sites will suggest running a bleach cycle with one cup of bleach, but we advise against this. Why? Well, if you have stainless steel inside your dishwasher, bleach will corrode and damage the hardware. Now you know how to clean a dishwasher the right way. 

Call The Pros

At Autry Plumbing, we’re plumbing experts who specialize in providing the best plumbing service in the Triangle Area. Give us a call to get on the schedule for a dishwasher install or service today!