Most people don’t think about cleaning their dishwashers. After all, the appliance is used to clean your dishes on a daily basis. It is easy to assume that your dishwasher will get cleaned at the same time as it is washing your dishes, but the reality is that food debris and other deposits can build up over many uses. That buildup can result in a poor performing dishwasher and dishes that come out dingy and looking gross.
Regularly cleaning and maintaining of your dishwasher can keep it running smoothly and can provide you with spotless dishes every time they get washed. Read on for some easy-to-follow tips that will keep your dishwasher looking and performing at its best.
A bit of regular household CLEANER and a damp cloth should be enough to wipe up this yucky spot and can also be used to wash off all of the buttons and the exterior door of the appliance as well.
Other areas that can benefit from a wipe down :
- Under the Door, On the inside
- The Flatware Basket
- The Gasket
- The Detergent Dispenser
Leaving these obstacles near the drain can result in a clog and a dishwasher that isn’t doing its job properly.
You can start cleaning this area by collecting the biggest pieces by hand, but you may have to disassemble the drain to get to some of the smaller pieces.
You can do that by following these steps:
- Unplug the Dishwasher
- Take out the screws and remove the cover
- Protect the opening to keep debris out
- Clean out larger piece by hand
- Clean out smaller deposits with a Brush or Cloth
- Reassemble in the reverse order
Cleaning out around the drain can help to ensure that dirty water is exiting the appliance adequately so that your dishes are cleaned well.
- White vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Lemonade Mix
- Lemon-flavored Kool-Aid
Any powdered substances should be placed in the detergent dispenser and liquids can be left in a bowl on the Top rack.