DIY: Cleaning Your Dishwasher

DIY: Cleaning Your Dishwasher

No one wants to get hit with a wave of musty odors when they open a dishwasher full of clean dishes. Drain Masters recommends that dishwashers should be cleaned every 2-3 of months to stay in good working order. Here are a few steps to consider when cleaning your dishwasher:

Hot Water and Dish Soap

Never use bleach or other household chemicals when cleaning your dishwasher but instead opt for hot soapy water. Use a sponge or damp cloth to wipe clean every surface inside including dish racks and the dishwasher door. This process should easily remove mineral buildups and food particles that can be the root of all those unsavory odors.

Clean the Food Strainer

Before doing anything, remove the bottom dish rack and check for any leftover food particles caught on the drain strainer. This simple step could be the main reason for the odors. Wipe clean and replace the dish rack. 

Steam Bath

Many companies offer dishwasher cleaning products that are especially effective in homes that use hard water. But sometimes all your dishwasher needs is a steam bath. Fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with one cup (eight ounces) of white vinegar and place it snugly between the prongs in the top rack. Then run the dishwasher on the hottest water setting possible without any detergent. Let the vinegar work its magic, breaking down any remaining grime and odors. Once the cycle is complete, leave the dishwasher door open to allow the interior to fully dry. Repeat this process every few months, or as needed to keep your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean.

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