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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

unloaded dishwasher ready for a deep scrubbing



Is your dishwasher not performing as well as it once did? Streaks on glassware, bits of food left on plates, or unpleasant odors are often clear signs of a dishwasher that needs a good cleaning. Professional Appliance Repair has put together the best tips for cleaning a dishwasher so that it looks and functions as well as the day it was installed. 


How Often Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?


The frequency of dishwasher cleaning depends on its usage. Families that load up the dishwasher once or twice a day should consider a deep clean monthly. On the other hand, if you use your dishwasher less frequently, cleaning it every three months should suffice.


Materials You Need to Clean Your Dishwasher


Undertaking a dishwasher cleaning mission? Ensure you have these essential materials on hand:

  • White vinegar or dishwasher-safe cleaning solution
  • Baking soda
  • A toothbrush or small scrubbing brush
  • Soft, lint-free cloths
  • A screwdriver (if you plan to remove some parts)


Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Your Dishwasher


Step 1: Inspect and Clear the Drain

Always start by disconnecting the dishwasher from the power supply. Safety should be your priority. After that, remove the bottom rack and inspect the drain. Remove any food particles or debris to prevent clogs and improve drainage.


Step 2: Vinegar Wash Cycle

Place a dishwasher-safe bowl filled with a cup of white vinegar on the upper rack. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. The vinegar will help wash away grease and sanitize the interior.


Step 3: Baking Soda Rinse

After the vinegar wash, sprinkle a cup of baking soda at the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short, hot water cycle. Baking soda adds a fresh scent and further assists in stain removal.


Step 4: Detail Cleaning

With a toothbrush or small scrubbing brush dipped in vinegar, clean around the dishwasher edges, door seal, and any other crevices where gunk tends to accumulate. Wipe down with a soft, clean cloth afterwards.


Pro Tips for Dishwasher Maintenance


Regular cleaning is essential to maintaining an efficient dishwasher. However, you can also follow these pro tips for further maintenance:

  • Rinse dishes: Before loading them into the dishwasher, make sure to rinse off large food particles.
  • Load correctly: Ensure that all items are secure and won't impede the spinning arms.
  • Use the right detergent: Consult your dishwasher's manual to determine the recommended type and amount of detergent.

When trying anything new, always test it first on a plate or your dishwasher before applying it to the entire surface area. Different washers might have different sensitivities to cleaning agents; it never hurts to spot-test first!


The Best Appliance Repair Services Around


Your dishwasher is a faithful kitchen companion that deserves a bit of TLC. Proper cleaning and maintenance will keep it running efficiently and can extend its lifespan, too. At Professional Appliance Repair, we have the skills and experience to handle all your dishwasher concerns, ensuring it operates at its best. Get in touch today via phone or email and let us handle all your appliance repair needs!