Easy Steps To Clean Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher is a real "helper" and an indispensable assistant in the kitchen. In order for the appliance to perform its functions properly, you should always keep it clean. The first signs of contamination are the unpleasant smell and possible leakage from the dishwasher (the latter is often caused by the grease particles on the door gaskets). Simple washing of the machine will help to eliminate these problems. 

How To Clean The Inside Of The Dishwasher?

The inside area of the dishwasher is dirtier than the outer casing. It is here that the work process takes place, and all the deposits of hard water, detergent, and food remain on the parts of the equipment. The result is reduced efficiency. According to Dishwasherfaq.com, you can avoid this kind of trouble by doing the following:

Mesh Filter Care

The mesh filter should be cleaned at least once a week. Its surface is quickly clogged with grease and small particles of food, which results in unpleasant smells and possible leakage through the seals.

To clean the filter, you need to remove it from the appliance. This part is usually placed on the "bottom" of the washing chamber. First of all, remove the lower basket, then turn the protruding part of the filter, following the instructions of the arrow.

The cleaning process itself consists of washing the filter with warm water and dishwasher detergent. After the procedure is completed, the filter is re-installed.

Cleaning The Blades

This part of an appliance also collects scale and grease on its surface. To clean the blades, you should remove it from the dishwasher and carefully wash it under running water.

All openings are cleaned with a fine toothpick or a needle. It is through them that the water is delivered to the washing basket, and therefore, even the slightest blockage leads to poor work of the appliance.

If the blades don’t rotate properly after installation, you should remove the grease from the axis too.

Washing The Gaskets

Door seals should be cleaned at least once every six months with special products. The entire cleaning process is divided into two stages:

  • Hard to reach places between the gaskets are cleaned with a toothbrush soaked in the detergent
  • Wet rubber seals are wiped dry with a usual cloth

When cleaning gaskets, it is better not to wash it with vinegar or citric acid. They corrode the rubber, making it less elastic. Over time, these seals will stop holding water.

Washing The Basket And The “Dead Zone”

The inner bottom of the appliance on the door side is called the "dead zone". Water from the "inside" of the equipment doesn’t get in, but dirt does. That's why you need to clean this part of the dishwasher more often.

The same goes for the basket, where the dishes are placed. Although the basket is constantly "washed" with water, fat and food particles still remain on its surface. This part of the appliance can be washed with any suitable product. 

Cleaning The Surface Of Grease, Mold, And Rust

Simple tips will help you forget about mold and stains:

  • Remove the grease. The usual detergents are suitable for this. Ideally, the chamber and doors should be wiped after each wash to prevent the grease from accumulating
  • Clean the rust stains. These stains in the dishwasher are caused by hard water. Special filters will help to solve this problem. If the stains have already appeared, you can hide them with sealant. To avoid a repeat of this problem in the future, you should use the anti-corrosion agent
  • Wash away the mold. In this case, the usual bleach will do the trick. However, for a dishwasher with a stainless steel inner part, such a procedure is undesirable. Therefore, you should ventilate the appliance, preventing the appearance of mold. If it still appeared, and you don’t want to use bleach, you can wipe the surface with a solution of vinegar. By the way, this method is also suitable for removing the fungus in refrigerators or washing machines

"Fighting" With Limescale

Dishwasher manufacturers regularly expand their range of descaling products. All you have to do is start the dishwasher with this detergent, and the scale problem is solved. You should pour the product into a container for cleaning detergents, set the maximum temperature, and allow the appliance to work through the entire cycle.

Vinegar and soda can be used to keep the dishwasher clean as well. For this purpose, a glass of vinegar is mixed with 2 tablespoons of soda, a container is placed in the basket and the appliance is turned on. There should be no dishes in it during any of the two processes.

Dishwasher maintenance should be carried out at least once every three months. In this case, you won’t have the question "How do I remove limescale?”

Tidy Dishwasher On The Outside

Cleaning of the dishwasher is completed by removing dirt from the appliance. Before doing so, disconnect it from the power supply and make sure that there are no dishes inside. Then simply treat the entire surface with detergent.

You can use window cleaning brushes to remove the dirt from the glass doors. Baking soda will help remove old dirt and grease. Mix a couple of spoons with water to a thick consistency, apply to the stain, and wash out after 5-7 minutes. 

Summing Up

Frequent use of a cleaning appliance also requires regular maintenance. According to this article, you should follow a few key rules:

  • Always remove food, glass, or other objects that have fallen to the bottom of the equipment
  • Properly load the dishwashing set, don’t put the dishes too tightly, and place the small parts in special compartments
  • Use quality detergents that are specially designed for dishwashers
  • Remove all visible impurities immediately, thus eliminating future "general cleaning

Proper maintenance of the equipment extends its service life and helps to avoid breakdowns. The gentle cleaning of all parts of the dishwasher not only increases the efficiency of the work but also guarantees protection against unpleasant odors and germs.

I am Vera Watson. Drawing The House is a dream that was conceived when I saw a niche in consumer guide on almost everything in our homes. My main aim is to help you save money by testing the products you need and recommending you the best of them all. I believe in the family as an institution and the first way to make a family happy is providing the best for them.

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