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In spite of being such an important part of your life, the cleaning and maintenance of a dishwasher are often neglected by most f us. Just because it’s a machine used for cleaning something, we often forget that it needs to be cleaned too.
All the debris of food, soap scum, etc. may lead your dishwasher to become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. To prevent this, all you need is to spare a few minutes every month.
We will guide you on how to clean your dishwasher. Don’t worry because it won’t take much of your time and effort. You will need a maximum of 30 minutes of your busy schedule.
Easiest Way to Clean A Dishwasher
Step 1: Removing the Rack
After you have washed your plates, slide out the bottom rack. Be careful while pulling the rack out because you don’t want to hurt yourself, right?
Step 2: Remove the Food Debris
You will find clogged pieces of food near the dishwasher drain. Just remove them with your hands. If there is any crud at the bottom of the dishwasher you can use a sturdy wire. You can also use the bristles of your used toothbrush to scrub off the build-up and navigate crevices in your filter.
By doing this you will help yourself by increasing the dishwasher’s efficiency. Increased efficiency means saving money which can be used for servicing later.
Step 3: It’s Filter Time
The filter is a screen that picks up the food debris from your washer. Remove the screws and soak the filter in warm water and mild detergent for about 15 mins. Continue the process by washing it with a sponge.
Once done, place the filter and bottom rack back to start the final cleaning part.
Step 4: Final Cleaning
This is the final step in cleaning the interior of the dishwasher. You just need vinegar and baking soda to deep clean your dishwasher.
Take a dishwasher-safe container and add 1 to 1.5 cups of white vinegar to it. Place this container on the top rack. Vinegar is a great cleaner and will help dislodge the dirt and remove hard water stains.
Now comes the time to use baking soda. Take about 250 grams of baking soda and sprinkle it across the bottom of the dishwasher. Baking soda is a great deodorizer and will absorb all the unpleasant odors to make your washer smell fresh!
Once done, start the wash cycle of the dishwasher at high temperature and for the longest cycle. Also, make sure to set an alarm for halfway through. Why?
Once the alarm rings, open the door and let the vinegar and baking soda work for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, complete the cycle by closing the door. You will notice your dishwasher is all shiny and clean.
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You can even consider bleach if you aren’t satisfied with baking soda and vinegar. All you have to do is run another cycle using half a cup of bleach. Though we won’t recommend the use of bleach if the interiors of your dishwasher are made up of stainless steel.
You can also use unsweetened lemonade in place of vinegar. The results which you will achieve after using it would be similar to that of vinegar. Just make sure that the lemonade is unflavoured as the flavored ones will leave stains which will be hard to get rid of it.
Once the cycle is complete, give a finishing touch to it by wiping the insides of the dishwasher until it’s dry.
How to Maintain Your Dishwasher
Follow the above process once a month to thoroughly clean your dishwasher. Here are a few tips that will help make your dishwasher work efficiently and last longer.
- The exteriors of the dishwasher and the door seal are prone to getting dirty. To prevent that, just take a damp rag and wipe the door seal and the exterior of the dishwasher. Do make sure that that you have picked all the food debris and junk.
- Wash your dishwasher with vinegar once a month to prevent the attack of bacteria and with baking soda to get rid of the odors. Although baking soda is an amazing cleaner and deodorizer, if the odor persists, you might need to have your dishwasher looked at for maintenance.
- Your dishwasher shares a common drain with the kitchen sink. So if you have a garbage disposal, don’t forget to run it beforehand for a clear drain. You might not want to ruin your dishes, right?
- Be smart! Save electricity and water! Don’t use your dishwasher until it’s completely full. This way it will be used only when really required. This will increase its life. No, we don’t mean to say that you need to pile your dishes too high or tight. That will not help in cleaning your dishes properly.
- Don’t prewash! If you wash dishes thoroughly before placing them in the dishwasher then the detergent won’t be able to work properly. For detergent to work properly it will require a certain amount of residue. In other cases, it will just create foam. This can be harmful to the dishwasher’s efficiency and life as well.
So now that you know how to clean and maintain your dishwasher, don’t forget to take care of it as it takes just 10-15 minutes of your time per month. Amazingly easy, isn’t it?
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