How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is an essential part of your home that you probably rely on every day. However, just like any other appliance, it needs occasional maintenance to function at its best. Cleaning your dishwasher not only ensures better cleaning results but also extends the machine’s lifespan. Here’s a simple guide to cleaning your dishwasher.


Step 1: Clean the Door and Seals

  • Wipe it Down: Beginning with an empty machine, use a soft cloth and a mixture of warm water with a mild detergent to gently wipe down the dishwasher door. Pay close attention to the edges where grime can accumulate.
  • Inspect the Seals: The rubber seals around the door trap food particles and debris over time. Gently clean the seals with a soft toothbrush or cloth.

Step 2: Check the Filter and Drain

  • Locate the Filter: The filter is usually found at the bottom of the dishwasher. Refer to the user manual if you’re unsure of its location.
  • Clean the Filter: Remove the filter and rinse it under warm water. For stubborn debris, use a soft brush. Cleaning the filter regularly can help to prevent clogs.
  • Inspect the Drain: Food particles can accumulate around the drain, leading to potential blockages. Clear out any visible debris to ensure smooth drainage.

Step 3: Run a Cleaning Cycle

Fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with white vinegar and place it on the bottom rack. Run a hot water cycle. The vinegar will help to wash away the loosened grime and grease, as well as neutralize any odors. For added freshness, you can also sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run a short, hot water cycle.


A well-maintained dishwasher not only cleans more effectively but also operates more efficiently, saving you both time and money in the long run. Regular cleanings can prevent bigger issues down the line. If you’re experiencing any issues with your dishwasher, call Express Appliance Service today!