How to Clean Your Dishwasher

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

If you're anything like us, you rely heavily on your dishwasher to keep your kitchen clean and household running smoothly(ish).  It doesn't take long though for food particles and other grime to build up, causing your dishwasher to operate less efficiently.

But fear not! With a little bit of elbow grease and some basic supplies, you can easily clean your dishwasher and get it running like new again.

Step 1: Remove any visible debris

Before you begin cleaning, remove any large pieces of food or debris from the bottom of the dishwasher. This will prevent them from getting caught in the drain or spray arms during the cleaning process.

Step 2: Check and clean the filter

Most dishwashers have a filter that traps food particles and other debris. Check your owner's manual to locate the filter and remove it from the dishwasher. Rinse it under hot water to remove any debris, and then replace it in the dishwasher.

Step 3: Check the spray arms

The spray arms in your dishwasher have little holes for water to come out, these can become clogged (I once found a lemon seed in one of ours). You can remove the spray arm, and clean each hole with wire or a very small bottle brush. 

Step 4: Run a cycle with vinegar

Fill 1/2 cup with white vinegar. Turn the dishwasher on (short wash is OK),  after a few minutes (just after the dishwasher has done an initial rinse - you'll be able to hear when this ends) open the door and add the vinegar into the dishwasher, close the door and allow it to finish the wash. The vinegar will help break down any built-up residue inside the appliance.

Step 5: Wipe down the exterior

While your dishwasher is running, take a damp cloth or sponge and wipe down the exterior of the appliance. This will remove any fingerprints, smudges, or other marks that may have accumulated over time.

And there you have it – a clean and fresh-smelling dishwasher!

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your dishwasher and in turn your dishwasher tablets run efficiently and effectively :)

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