Usage & Aftercare

How to Clean a Dishwasher

how to clean a dishwasher
Written by Jillian Wyatt

In today’s age, a dishwasher is an important part of every kitchen. During my 6 years of professional life, I’ve seen how a dishwasher made people’s lives easy. You can’t even imagine the ease it has brought into our lives. Still, I’ve seen several people confused about how to clean the dishwasher. If you are one of those who really want to know how to clean your dishwasher in 2021, let us answer this question for you.

One of my colleagues was convinced that dishwashers have self-cleaning functionality, but sadly, this is not the case. The fact is that the bits of food, grease, oil, undissolved detergent, and other crockery stuff result in choking the filters and damaging the inner side of the dishwasher in most cases. Once that starts happening, there is no way of using such a dishwasher for cleaning purposes. Plus, that grime and all that stuff left behind negatively damage the dishwasher’s filters and pumps. It would be best if you cleaned your dishwasher’s door and panel at least once a week.

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Sometimes we’ve seen people finding a solution for their smelly and stinky dishwasher, and they try different products and detergents for the smelly dishwasher. Even though it is not the case with your dishwasher, cleaning it is very important.

Leftover Food

Don’t let the leftover food to make your dishwasher into the garbage disposal box. You’ve to keep it clean, and the first step is to remove any leftover food and such stuff from the plates, bowls, or crockery. This will make your dishwasher’s job easier. You’ve to make it your habit to remove any beans, pasta, and any leftover food that is easy to remove for you.

Keeping the Door and Control Panel Clean

Keep the dishwasher’s door clean. You can use a sponge or cloth to do the task. With the sponge, you can clean the controls of the dishwasher. A clean inner side of the door is good, and it provides a good grip as well. You don’t have to clean the outer side of the dishwasher only.

Cleaning the Filters

The filter is an important part of the dishwasher, and you need to clean it regularly. Nothing is clean if you have a blocked filter. Usually, you find the filter below the bottom spray arms. You can simply remove it and rinse it using hot water. You can also use a soft brush to clean it to remove any food particles or grease. Still can’t locate the filters? Check the dishwasher’s manual.

How to Clean a Dishwasher with Vinegar

Do you want to know how to clean a dishwasher with vinegar? Well, it is pretty easy. You have to use a dishwasher safe bowl and use one cup of white vinegar. You have to use the hot water cycle mode after putting the bowl in the empty dishwasher. This will help remove any grease, bits of food, or any grime on the machine walls.

How to Clean a Dishwasher with Baking Soda

Baking soda is used widely for removing persistent residue left by food waste. You have to follow quite the same procedure mentioned above in the case of vinegar. You have to sprinkle one cup of baking soda along the bottom side and use the rinsing mode on the hot-water cycle. Run it on a short cycle, and you will see the stains gone from your dishwasher. It will also make the dishwasher fresher than before.

Polishing the Steel

Sometimes steel works as a fingerprint magnet, and it looks dull when touched with wet, dirty, or oily hands. You can use a stainless steel cleaner to shine the dishwasher and its door. Select a cleaner that doesn’t scratch the stainless steel to keep the fresher look.

Cleaning Dishwasher’s Drain

As mentioned already, about removing any bits of food before using the dishwasher, but if you have a modern dishwasher, then you don’t need to really care about it as per the manual. But still, we recommend doing it because the bits of foods and other stuff can block the dishwasher’s drain. You have to check the drain to make sure there is no gross stuff that is blocking the drain. If you find it happening, you have to disassemble it and, with the help of a soft brush and a good cleaner, remove any stuck food bits.

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The continuous use of hot water and detergent doesn’t keep the dishwasher clean. The grease, grime build-up, detergent, whatever the reason is, you never find your dishwasher clean at the end. You need to clean it deeply once a month, even if you don’t find it smelly.

Now, let us tell you how to clean your dishwasher thoroughly. Sometimes you may need a deep cleaning after a few months (it depends on the usage), but let us tell you the main steps.

  • Start with an empty dishwasher. You have to remove the racks to access most of the inner parts of the dishwasher. Removing the racks is usually required to access the spray arms, which can be clogged due to food bits. You have to insert a small piece of wire in each hole to remove any debris.
  • The other step is to clean the stainer, which is at the bottom of the dishwasher. You have to find any trapped element to remove it. You can use an old toothbrush and vinegar to do the cleaning job.
  • The utensil holder’s grid may have debris, and you can use a soft brush to remove it.
  • Use the white vinegar and the sponge to clean the doors’ seals and all the opening edges.

For those worried about their smelly or stinky dishwasher in 2021, you can follow the cleaning method through vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh.

About the author

Jillian Wyatt

Jillian Wyatt is a professional chef who specializes in areas of commercial kitchen equipment and safety. She loves sharing her knowledge through her blog. She often writes about hygiene, food, and kitchen related stuff for several top blogs. She often gives advice, tips, and information to everyone through her articles.
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