How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Did you know your dishwasher needs regular TLC? In order to keep your dishes sparkling and bacteria at bay, you need to clean this hard-working appliance once a month. Doing so will help ensure it functions smoothly for many loads to come. Here’s a quick checklist:

Run on Empty – To sanitize and remove hard water deposits, pour a cup of white vinegar into the base and run the cycle without any dishes. If your washer has a strong odor or needs some extra care, you can run a second empty cycle – this time with a sprinkling of baking soda at the base.

Clean the Trap – The trap is located at the bottom of the appliance. It’s easy to spot. You’ll likely see old food “trapped” or clogged here. Over time, this can cause foul odors and even machine malfunctions. Simply clear it out with a rag.

Scrub the Seal – There is a rubber seal that meets the door when it’s closed. This often-neglected seal can become a hotbed for bacteria and yeast, so be sure to scrub it with a toothbrush and white vinegar.

Check the Holes – The spinning arms at the base of your dishwasher douse your dishes with hot water. There are little holes along the arms where the water bursts out. Take a toothpick and clear out any debris to ensure the appliance continues to run smoothly.

Clean the Utensil Holders – Swipe the utensil holders with a clean cloth to remove any debris. If they still have stains or water spots, remove them from the machine and soak in soapy water overnight.

Properly cleaning and maintaining your dishwasher on a regular basis can prevent costly repairs and extend the life of the appliance.