How to Clean Your Dishwasher for Optimal Performance

Are you cleaning your dishwasher? If the answer is no, you may not be getting the best out of the most important appliance in your kitchen. Cleaning your dishwasher can troubleshoot most performance issues, but it should also be part of your routine. Here’s how to clean your dishwasher for optimal performance.

Clean Food Debris from the Bottom

After a while, solid bits of food can build up at the bottom of your dishwasher, near the circular coil. Every week or so, take a washcloth and wipe the bottom of the dishwasher making sure to scrub off any hardened messes with a sponge.

Clean the Filter

Most dishwasher models have a small circular filter located at the base. Carefully turn the filter and lift it out. Using soap and warm water, gently scrub the mesh lining and rinse out any debris. You should be cleaning your dishwasher filter at least once a month. A dirty filter can prevent your dishwasher from washing properly.

Clean the Vent

The dishwasher vent is usually located near the top of its door. After time, dirt and debris can build up in the vent and prevent it from drying your dishes thoroughly. Most vents are easily removed by prying it out gently. Read your appliance’s manual for more detailed instructions. Scrub the vent with dish soap and water, using baking soda on any stubborn buildup.

Clean the Spray Arm

The spray arm on your dishwasher is located at the bottom. There are small holes where water sprays out during the wash cycle. Using a q-tip or a thin brush, clean each hole to remove any buildup and make sure it can rotate without any sticking or obstructions.

Cleaning your dishwasher regularly will prolong its life and ensure you’re getting a clean load of dishes every time. Most common dishwasher issues can be resolved by a thorough cleaning, but if you still have any problems, give Express Appliance Service a call!