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How To Clean Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are a great appliance and invention that saves a lot of people time. Hand washing dishes can take up a lot of time, space and can really dry out your hands.  Dishwashers are one of the most often used kitchen appliances, and for good reason. Over time, however, dishwashers can develop odors, food debris and grime, which reduce the efficiency of the machine.  The following are some tips on how to clean to your dishwasher.

  1. Empty your dishwasher. Remove the bottom rack and clean the dishwasher drain and filter. This will ensure that any food or debris stuck in the drain will be cleaned and water can drain more easily. The drain is the first place to check if your dishwasher does not empty the water.
  2. Add a cup of vinegar to your dishwasher and run the hot cycle. This process will eliminate any odors and help sanitize the machine. If you prefer to use bleach, you can do so with one half to one cup to clean mold and mildew. Do not use if you have a dishwasher with a stainless steel interior as it can corrode the surface.
  3. For stains inside of the dishwasher, sprinkle some baking soda and run another hot cycle to remove the built up stains.

These simple steps performed monthly can keep your dishwasher running smoothly and help with any odors and build up. To keep your dishwasher running in optimal condition, make sure to:

  • Rinse any big food particles off dishes
  • Use the hot cycle on the dishwasher
  • Don’t overcrowd the dishwasher, as it will not clean as effectively
  • Keep up with the monthly cleaning