Cleaning the dishwasher is important to keep it cleaning your dishes properly. Here's how to deep clean your dishwasher.
There's nothing more annoying than pulling dishes out of your dishwasher and finding and that they have little bits of food stuck to them. A lot of times, this is due to the fact that your dishwasher needs a good deep cleaning. Deep cleaning a dishwasher can be a little bit time consuming, but, in the end, it important to keep your machine in good working order. Here are some tips on how to deep clean your dishwasher.
How to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher
Despite what you may think, you don't need any specialized cleaners to clean your dishwasher. Just some good old-fashioned vinegar and baking soda will do the trick.
The biggest and most time-consuming chore of cleaning your dishwasher will be cleaning the filter. The filters job is to catch larger particles of food to keep them from clogging up your system.Here are some tips on cleaning the filter.
Depending on the type of dishwasher you have, there may be more than one filter. Pay attention to your instructions from the manufacturer. However, many only have one filter. To clean it, simply remove it from the dishwasher, and rinse under water. If some of the food particles are stuck, use an old toothbrush to remove them. Be gentle when scrubbing because your filter is fragile. Place your newly rinsed filter back into the machine.
Next, run an empty heavy wash cycle with a cup of vinegar poured into the bottom of your dishwasher. The vinegar will disinfect and help remove any hard water spots. An empty cycle will also help loosen any remaining food particles.
Third, use a toothbrush with a bit of dish soap on it to scrub away any little food particles that remain. Pay special attention to areas that have seals. Also, make sure to get the seals out of your dishwasher in the door.
Last, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher. Run a cycle with nothing in the dishwasher, and it will get rid of any remaining odors.
One last tip; Don't forget to clean the outside of your machine. An old toothbrush also does well for cleaning these tiny nooks and crannies. Additionally, if you have extra time or energy, pull out your machine gently from the wall, and sweet behind it and wipe the sides.
Also, make sure you read any instructions that came from the manufacturer when you bought your machine before you start any deep cleaning project on your dishwasher.