Learn how to clean your dishwasher correctly. Knowing how to take care of this particular kitchen appliance will surely maintain its productivity and longevity. Thankfully, you don’t need to do this every week. Cleaning your dishwasher once a month as it should be is enough already and it only takes three easy steps. Moreover, you will only need baking soda and white vinegar, two things which are easily found and available in pretty much every kitchen.
Deep Clean the Machine
Did you know that there are loads of ways a dishwasher can reach a point where it needs to be, well, washed? Grease, tiny bits of food, and even soap scum can cling together and accumulate to form deposits in all the crannies and nooks of the appliance. If they keep mounting up, your poor machine will both look and smell bad. Consequently, the efficiency will surely decrease.
Here’s the methods on how to clean your dishwasher correctly and make the machine smelling great and squeaky clean:
- Step 1
You need to examine the drain by pulling the bottom rack out and examining the drain area. This is where you make sure that there is no hard chunks plugging the drain for they can scratch dishes or cause damage to the pump.
- Step 2
Use vinegar to wash cycle. Use a dishwasher-safe cup and fill it with plain white vinegar. Put the cup on the top rack of the machine. This trick will help wash away the greasy grime and will sanitise as well as help remove the musty smell. Then, use the hottest water setting in order to run the unit through a cycle. At this stage, the dishwasher will be empty except for the cup with vinegar in it.
- Step 3
Use baking soda to wash the cycle once more after the vinegar stage is done. Do this by sprinkling a handful of baking soda all around the bottom of the machine. Then, run it through a short cycle by using the hottest water. Using baking soda should help deodorise the machine even more and thus helping in removing any stains.
This one additional step is optional where you can opt for extra maintenance by using bleach. You should do this if you have issues with mildew and mold. Just add ½ to one cup of bleach in the bottom of the appliance and simply run a full cycle. However, it should be noted that you should never use bleach in your machine in case it has a stainless steel interior for it can stain and eventually corrode the stainless steel!
Here’s a few tips to help the machine always running right:
- Before starting the dishwasher, always run your garbage disposal. It’s because the dishwasher drains into the same pipe as the sink, so make sure the drain is clear.
- Run the water in the sink until it feels hot prior to starting a load of dishes. This way, you’ll get cleaner results because the water starts hot.
- Water heater should be set to 50C/120F to be able to clean dishes effectively
- Run full loads to conserve energy and water but make sure not to pack dishes too tightly
- Never over-rinse dirty dishes. To be able to do its job, dishwasher detergent needs a specific amount of grime and grease or else it will foam up during the cycle.
Now that you know how to clean your dishwasher, your machine will surely run right every time!