Over a period of time, food scraps, undissolved detergent, and water minerals build up on the dishwasher’s filter and interior. The dishwasher’s filter and pump ultimately resulting in costly repairs.
Regularly cleaning of the dishwasher will increase the dishwasher’s efficiency and save you from expensive repairs down the line. Also, extend the life of your Dishwasher. You should clean your dishwasher drain and filter once a month to keep it working properly.
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Keep your dishwasher clean with these five easy steps
You need 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda, these natural dishwasher cleaners do the job well without harsh chemicals or odors.
Step 1: Empty your dishwasher
Empty your dishwasher and carefully pull out the bottom rack of your machine. Remove any visible food, small items with your hands and make sure there is no any food, hard chunks of material that might be clogging the holes. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.
Step 2: Wash the filter
The filter is the place where food particles get caught. If your filter is removable, remove the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher and clean it in the warm water by using soft toothbrush and dishwashing soap. Fix the filter back into the dishwasher once the filter is cleaned out so that it can also be cleaned by the vinegar and baking soda.
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If your filter is irremovable, refer to your dishwasher’s user manual for instructions on how to clean your dishwasher filter.
Step 3 : Clean a dishwasher with vinegar
Fill a container full with white vinegar, and place on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run a dishwasher cycle with hot water. The dispersal of vinegar throughout the cycle should leave your dishwasher sanitized. Vinegar removes odors and helps dissolve old detergent, mineral deposits and sanitize your dishwasher.
Step 4: Clean a Dishwasher with Baking Soda
Once the cycle is complete, run a wash cycle with Baking Soda. The baking soda helps in further deodorizing your dishwasher and in removing any stains.
When the baking soda cycle is finished, let it sit closed for 20 minutes and continue to steam clean.
Note: Do not use Vinegar and Baking soda together at the same cycle. Clean with the vinegar first and then run with the baking soda.
Step 5: Clean the outside
If your dishwasher front is made of plastic, use a sponge and hot, soapy water to wipe it down. If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, use the glass cleaner or stainless steel cleaner and wipe with a soft cloth.