Dishwashers are like clothes washers in the aspect of that they are appliances used to clean things, but still get a little dirty sometimes. Just like you have to clean out your clothes washer some days, it is important to clean your dishwasher occasionally, as well. Running loads of dishes through a dirty dishwasher doesn’t sound so appealing…and isn’t as sanitary as you want it to be! You may be wondering how on earth you clean something that’s whole job is cleaning, so we put together some of the best ideas and tips to getting that dishwasher sparkling and sanitary once again.
The first tip to getting rid of that grime and buildup that can come from hard water, soap scum, and food particles is to check the drain and the filter. It is important to regularly remove any chunks of food or other things you see at the bottom of your dishwasher to make sure the drain is clear and can allow the water to pass through. Make sure to check any filters for the same reason. Blocked filters can cause all types of problems, so it is best to get in the habit of checking them regularly.
The next thing you can do to get things freshened up is to place a dishwasher safe cup or bowl on the top rack with white vinegar in it and run a full wash cycle. Some people say that pouring the vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher is also effective. Vinegar is a pretty versatile liquid as it can be used for so many things. Make sure not to miss out on its intense cleaning abilities, especially when it comes to your dishwasher!
After this step, if you don’t see enough of an improvement, generously sprinkle baking powder all over in your dishwasher and run another wash cycle. Baking soda is a wonderful deodorizing powder and can be very useful in removing any stale or unpleasant smells from your dishwasher.
After you have done these things, it may still be necessary to do a little cleaning by hand if you notice any places that aren’t as clean as you want. Check the seals and corners for any grime that the washes missed. Using a toothbrush is a great way to get into those little nooks and seals. Getting all of the scum and buildup out is a key step in keeping your dishwasher sanitary and working properly.
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