Why Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?
It may seem weird to be concerned about cleaning a machine designed to clean, but your dishwasher needs regular cleaning and checking just like any other appliance. The door gets covered in fingerprints and the inside accumulates food particles, soap scum, and grease. All the extra grime can cause bacterial growth inside the dish washer, leading to foul smells and less than perfect dishes. Clean you dish washer monthly for a fresh new look and optimal performance.
First, the Door
Clean the door of the dishwasher by washing down the exterior with warm soapy water. You can also use a baking soda and water mixture to add a little scrubbing power without scratching the exterior. (Avoid rough scouring pads that may scratch up the dishwasher door.)
Clean the Tub
Before you get to cleaning, it’s a good idea to take some paper towels to wipe any excess debris from the bottom of the dish washer.
After you remove any excess debris, set a cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher’s top rack. Add no other dishes to this cleaning cycle. Run a full wash, with the hottest water possible. When the wash cycle is over, take paper towels and wipe up any excess debris again.
As an easy alternative, you can put a packet of lemonade mix in the spot where the dish detergent goes. Or you can put a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dish washer tub. With either option, run a wash on the hottest cycle.
Deep Clean the Extras
Check the utensil holders and racks. Look for any debris or stuck-on food particles. If the spray arm is clogged, use a cleaning brush to remove clogs so that will spray evenly when cleaning.
Keeping your dishwasher clean will mean it will be more efficient at cleaning your dishes. And, a clean, fresh smelling dish washer will make a much better kitchen experience. Keep your dishes the best they can be and keep your dishwasher in its best condition and remember to clean your dishwasher regularly.