Have you had a hard time figuring out how to clean your dishwasher? You’re not alone. Many people don’t know where to find the tabs and buttons or which ones will eliminate that icky smell. Cleaning a dishwasher can be one of the most frustratingly overwhelming tasks, but I have simplified it for all of you.
Here are a few steps on how to clean your dishwasher:
Before cleaning your dishwasher, make sure it is switched off and unplugged. Then, open up the door and remove any dishes that are still in there.
For best results, use a disinfectant spray to clean out the inside of your dishwasher before you start washing dishes.
- After removing all the racks, flip them upside down and give them a good scrub.
- Wipe away any food residue or dried-up food particles on their surfaces
- using a sponge or soft cloth.
- Remember to clean the sides of each rack as well! When you’re finished with this step, set those bad boys back in their proper places and move on to the next step.
Clean out the drain. A bottle brush is an excellent tool for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas in and around your dishwasher’s drain pump assembly. Use it to clean out any food particles or other debris that may have built up over time, then rinse well before using your dishwasher again.
If you have a problem with clogs, use a dishwasher cleaner explicitly designed for this purpose. Follow the instructions on the bottle carefully. Some can be very acidic!
Before you begin, it’s important to note that first-time cleaning can take up to two hours. However, once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be able to clean your dishwasher in under an hour.
- Wipe the inside of your dishwasher using warm water and a bleach-free dishwasher cleaner. For this task, you may need an old toothbrush or a small scrub brush. Avoid using any strong chemicals or abrasive
- items that might harm your equipment!
- If necessary, remove any food buildup from inside your unit by spraying it with hot soapy water and allowing everything to soak for a few minutes before wiping away any residue with a sponge or cloth dipped in hot water. Use a cleaning wand around the spray arm and inside your machine. Clean off any residue on the bottom of a dishwasher by hand if needed.
It’s a myth that dishwashers are self-cleaning. Dishwashers do wash, but you have to remove gunk for them to get your dishes clean. You are responsible for regularly cleaning your dishwasher’s interior if you want it to perform correctly and last a long time.
This post has provided you with some fresh ideas for cleaning your dishwasher. I know it cannot be very comforting, but if you follow these steps and put in a little extra time and effort regularly, your dishwasher will last longer and function better.