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8 Things to do for a Tip-Top Dishwasher
Having a dishwasher in your kitchen makes meal prep and cleanup a breeze. Your food, however, is tough on your mechanical friend sometimes. All of that food gunk and crust can combine for odor, less efficient cleaning and poorer performance than you're expecting from your dishwasher. To keep your dishwasher at its very best, keep the eight tips below in mind.
Keep it Roomy
No one wants to run multiple loads after a big meal, but running an overload will tax your machine and produce less-than-desirable results. It's always better to wash some pieces by hand than have to re-run a whole load.
Scrape Sufficiently Every Time
You don't need to wash all your dishes by hand - that's what your dishwasher is for! But you will have to scrape off food bits on your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher so you don't have gunk buildup inside.
Harness the Power of Vinegar
Just as you probably have already done in your washing machine, add a cup of white vinegar into your dishwasher's bottom and run a typical cycle. This will help eliminate odors and remove some food gunk.
Keep it Clean
Your trap is under the lower sprayer, and you should clean it regularly to keep it free of food debris and other particles in the air, such as pet hair. It may be removable for sink cleaning or you will have to use a towel to remove the buildup. Take the time to remove any gunk around the door gasket too, since this can interrupt the seal and find its way into your machine.