When to Clean Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher’s sole purpose is to wash. But who washes a dishwasher? The answer should be you! Although dishwashers do exist to clean your dishes, like any appliance, they can get dirty. A dirty dishwasher may not be able to get your dishes as clean as you’d like.  Also, if you use your dishwasher often, it can get dirty quickly. Read on to learn when and why you should clean your dishwasher.


Why do you need to wash your dishwasher?

Everything you put in your dishwasher has food particles on it. Whether it’s sauce, meat, sugar, or vegetables – it all gets dissolved by your appliance. Over time, those little bits of food can clog up the drains and spraying components of your dishwasher. When something is clogged, it reduces the amount of water circulating during a wash or rinse cycle. After a while, your glasses will get splotchy, or your dishes will come out grimy. Washing your dishwasher regularly will not only keep your dishes coming out sparkly and clean every time, but it will also prolong the life of your appliance.

When do you clean your dishwasher?

If you run your machine daily, you should clean its filter and drain at least once a month. Monthly cleaning will keep your appliance running smoothly and efficiently. If you’re more of an every couple of days or weekly user, you could push your cleanings out to every other month.

How do you clean your dishwasher?

Only clean your dishwasher when it’s empty. Locate the drain filter on the bottom of the basin and remove it by twisting in the direction shown. Remove any food residue and put a few drops of dish detergent on the mesh. Using a sponge or dish brush, gently scrub any film or gunk on the filter. Rinse thoroughly with hot water. For a deeper clean, place the cleaned filter back in its place and run an empty cycle on hot with a cup of vinegar poured in the bottom of the machine.

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