Similar to washing machines, we would naturally assume that dishwashers do not need to be cleaned as it will also wash itself while cleaning the dishes. Unfortunately, dishwashers still need to be manually cleaned from time to time in order to remove any food and grease residue, detergent leftover and mineral pileups from hard water. Otherwise, these dirt and spots will transfer onto your dishes, making the dishwashing less effective. Moreover, this grime can also damage the filter and pump of the dishwasher and you may need to repair the machine pretty soon. Therefore, Sparkling and Beyond will offer an easy guide to clean your dishwashers with different products so that you have different methods to choose. Let’s find out!
1. Few things about dishwasher cleaning
How often should the dishwasher be cleaned?
This question may depend on the situation of your dishwasher. Generally, dishwashers can be quickly cleaned daily and deep cleaned monthly. Here are some suggestions:
- Each day: Get rid of food residue
- Each week: Mop the door and gasket and clean the filter.
- Each month: Clean the inside of the dishwasher thoroughly
- If needed: Clean the dishwasher’s exterior surface
Can the dishwasher be cleaned with bleach?
Bleach is NOT suggested to clean the dishwasher. Do not use the bleach to clean your dishwasher If the inside of the machine is made of stainless steel or its certain parts are made of stainless steel. Also, never mix bleach with vinegar as this mixture will generate toxic chlorine gas.
2. An easy guide to clean your dishwasher
Get rid of food residue
The unpleasant smell from the dishwasher is usually from the food residue. Therefore, it is suggested to clear any food leftover after each dishwashing cycle.
Remember to also take out the bottom rack and check any food leftover in the well. You can remove the food inside the well with a paper towel. Getting rid of food can avoid any odor and food pileups.
Furthermore, if you wish to avoid the smell, you can firstly remove excess food from plates and items you want to wash before putting them into the washer. Also, make sure the labels on the plates or flatware are removed before washing them with the dishwasher.
Clean the door and gasket
To clean the door of your dishwasher, use a wet microfiber cloth or sponge to mop the interior of the door, the door edges, the handle, and the controls to remove any grime.
After this, you can tackle the gasket. To do this, you can apply a tender toothbrush to brush away the spots from the rubber seal. Then, mop the seal clean with a wet cloth or paper towel.
Tackle the dishwasher filter
The filter inside the dishwasher should also be cleaned regularly. You can find the filter beneath the bottom spray arm and the bottom tack should be pulled out to reach the filter. To clean the filter properly:
- Take out the filter and rinse it with running hot water.
- Simply scrub the mesh screen and plastic frame with a tender toothbrush to clear any gunk. After this, rinse the filter again. Once this is done, the filter will be cleaned.
- Install the filter back into the dishwasher.
Clean the dishwasher with vinegar
Now it’s time to clean the inside of the dishwasher. Vinegar is a natural cleaner that can do the job perfectly. The type of vinegar you need is distilled white vinegar.
Simply pour one cup of vinegar into a bowl that is dishwasher safe and and put the bowl on the top rack of the washer.
After this, run the washer in a normal and hot cycle without a cleaner and dishes.
Clean the dishwasher with baking soda
To make the dishwasher more refreshing, after the previous vinegar cycle, you can spray a cup of baking soda onto the bottom of the dishwasher and let the washer run a short hot cycle.
3. What other products can be used to clean the dishwasher?
Clean the dishwasher with citric acid
Citric acid crystals, or Sour Salt, are another good product to clean the dishwasher as they can clean the inside of the dishwasher effectively. You can usually find this cleaner at grocery stores or some drug stores. Here is how you use it to clean the dishwasher:
- Pour 3 to 4 ounces of citric acid crystals into the detergent cup.
- Run a normal wash cycle.
- Pour some dishwasher detergent into the soap cup and run another wash cycle. After this, the cleaning should be done.
- If there are still mineral pileups in the dishwasher, repeat the cleaning (steps 1 to 3) again.
You can let the plain dishes stay in the dishwasher while cleaning the machine. However, any dish or glass with patterns should be taken out. Moreover, any metal ware should also be removed from the inside of the washer because the treatment of citric acid can tarnish the metal items.
Clean the dishwasher with apple cider vinegar
If you have filtered white apple cider vinegar, it can also be used to clean the interior of your washer. Simply pour 2 cups of this vinegar in the dishwasher and run an energy-saving cycle.
This vinegar can effectively clean up the inside space, kill the germs and refresh the interior of the washer.
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