It is imperative that if your dishes are clean, then dishwasher should also be clean! Isn’t it? In a dishwasher, soap, debris and various deposits build over a time, which not only result in unpleasant odors, but can also reduce their performance. Fortunately, you won’t have to clean your dishwasher too often and when you have to, the process is very easy.
For daily use, you should load your dishwasher in a proper way, stacking various items facing inwards and downwards. Aside from that, you must ensure that all spinning arms can spin without any hindrance. Check all small holes in these spinning arms for any debris. If there is any debris in these holes, use a nil or wide and unplug them.
Every time you use your dishwasher, you should use high quality detergent specifically meant for dishwashers. If normal dishwasher detergents used for washing dishes in the sink are used in dishwasher, then it may cause flooding. If dishwasher is used daily, then it should be cleaned every two week for smell and bacteria to build up.
You should check the manufacturer’s instructions for the soap to be used for cleaning the dishwasher. Usually, dishwasher soap comes in the form of gel, powder, liquid and tablets. Avoid overfilling the soap dispenser and use moderate quantities of soap.
Next, you should run garbage disposal before starting your dishwasher. The pipe in which your dishwasher drains is same as your skin, so it should be clear. Run some hot water in your kitchen sink before actually starting the cleaning cycle. This ensures that dishwasher is clear when it first fill up with the water and you will get much cleaner dishes.
Add some white vinegar at least once every month at the bottom of your dishwasher before starting your cleaning cycle. It will help in washing away any greasy grime, and will sanitize and help in removing any musty odor.
After every wash, you should leave the dishwasher door open to allow the free airflow in it. This will prevent the build up of mildew and mold.
How to Clean a Dishwasher And Remove Odor:
- Take a small brush (old toothbrush works fine) and dip it into hot soapy water, move it all around the door of the dishwasher carefully using it to clean the crevices and grooves of the rubber seal. Wipe out any debris that is at the bottom of the dishwasher.
- Pull out the bottom rack and examine the drain area. Wipe gently to ensure that there are no big and hard chunks as they can plug the drain, damage the pump and can also scratch your dishes. You will be surprised to find chips of glass, bones, pieces of gravel and crab shells!
- Using a dishrag or wet sponge, wipe the cleaning solution from the door and the gasket.
- Baking soda can also be used for cleaning dishwasher as it is highly effective in brightening and freshening your dishwasher. You will have to sprinkle just a cup at the bottom of the tub and run a complete cycle with hottest water. It will also help in removing any stains.
- With regular cleaning and maintenance, your dishwasher will continue to perform like when it was brand new.