The thought of doing this doesn’t run through many people’s minds very often, seeing as there is already soap and water running through the unit on a regular basis. Bathtubs and showers typically have more amounts of soap and water running through them, and yet the still need to be cleaned regularly. So why should your dishwasher not be treated the same?
Just like the dirt and grime that build up in your shower, food and other debris can build up in your dishwashing machine, giving your dishes a lesser quality of clean.
Here are 5 proven tips to take your dishwasher to a new level of clean.
#1.) Wipe away soap scum with white vinegar
White vinegar is great for removing stains of all kinds, whether they be on carpet or inside a dishwasher, and an excellent way to reduce mold and mildew.
For the parts of your dishwasher that can easily be removed, mix 2 cups of white vinegar with hot water in your sink or a larger soaking area, and let them soak for a couple of minutes. Wipe the remainder of the unit with the solution while these are soaking, making sure you include the top, bottom, and sides.
#2.) Check for rust and if you find any, take care of it
Like any other appliance, rust can be a sign of age and should be addressed immediately. Rust cleaner is produced for individual units, so be sure to find one that is specifically for dishwashers.
#3.) Check and clean the filter
Many owners manuals will provide you with enough information to clean your unit according to it’s manufacturer and individual needs.
The filter resembles a basket that catches debris, and not all dishwashers will come with them. But for those that do, your owner’s manual will specify the best way to remove and clean it. Most of the time, the filter can easily be removed though, and thrown into the sink to soak with the other parts of your unit.
#4.) Do a deep cleaning
Again, the best way to clean and maintain your dishwasher is by following the owner’s manual. If you can no longer find yours, the internet can be a great place to find a substitute or one close to it.
It is recommended that you perform a deep clean on your dishwasher every six months so get rid of food and other debris, and keep all of your other parts in working order.
#5.) Always remove debris from your dishes before placing them inside the dishwasher
By completely scraping off any stuck on foods, you not only make your dishes cleaner, but you save your dishwasher from being clouded with it. Often times, these foods will fall off and move somewhere into the dishwasher and the more it adds up, the more it will stick around.