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How to Clean The Dishwasher?

Modern life is defined by convenience, and what could be more convenient for people. There’s no reason to put in the work manually cleaning dishes after each and every meal. A dishwasher is a mechanical device for cleaning dishes and eating utensils. Dishwashers can be found in restaurants and private homes. The mix of water and detergent is circulated by a pump. Water is pumped to one or more rotating spray arms, which blast the dishes with the cleaning mixture. Once the wash is finished, the water is drained, more hot water is pumped in and a rinse cycle begins. After the rinse cycle finishes and the water is drained, the dishes are dried using one of different drying methods.

It’s almost bedtime. Dinner’s long done, the kitchen’s clean, and the dishwasher’s run its course. It’s times like these when you need to give one of your most-appreciated appliances a little love and wash your dishwasher.

Why Clean a Dishwasher?

It might seem strange to worry about cleaning an appliance whose job is washing dishes. But these handy machines need routine cleaning just like your other kitchen work horses. Dishwashers can collect food debris, soap residue, and inexplicable gunk that needs to be wiped away to ensure your dishes are getting a proper shine. Most of us don’t think about cleaning the dishwasher very often. Unfortunately, debris and deposits build up over time, and some of them reduce the performance of the dishwasher. It’s tempting to think that your dishwasher gets a good cleaning every time you run it through a cycle, but that’s unfortunately not the case. It is probably high time to clean yours!

Here are the materials needed:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cloth or soft rags
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Dishwasher tools
  • Dish soap
  • Stainless steel or multipurpose cleaner
  • Sponge

Here’s how to keep it sparkling clean, sweet smelling, effective and running smooth:

  1. Fill the sink half full of water and add the white vinegar, this is going to be where your dishwasher bits are soaking while you clean up around the walls and base.
  2. Detach the bottom rack so that you can access the dishwasher drain. Thoroughly examine this crucial area, removing any gunk or chunks you find, because they not only impede drainage but can also damage the appliance. The two shelves of the dishwasher should be removed, along with the utensil holder and any other pieces that aren’t a part of the racks. If they’re small, place them into your vinegar-water sink for cleaning. If they don’t fit, wipe them down with a rag damp with the same vinegar solution.
  3. Open the dishwasher door so you can get at its top and sides. Dip a small toothbrush in hot, soapy water, and scrub around the door. Make sure you dig into the grooves of the rubber seal and any other crevices, including the hinges. This step might require gentle scrubbing with abrasive cleanser. Wipe up the resulting grime with a household sponge dipped in hot soapy water. Wipe away any cleaning solution left behind with a clean, wet sponge.
  4. Check the spinning arms to make sure all the holes are open so water can run through them freely. If you have this problem, those holes will need to be cleaned in order for your dishwasher to run efficiently. Use fine pointed or needle-nose pliers if you have some; otherwise, try a toothpick or something similar. Take care not to scratch anything if you’re using a tool with a metal point.
  5. Now sprinkle a cupful of baking soda across the bottom of the appliance, then run it on a short hot-water cycle. When the cycle is done, you should notice that your fresh-smelling dishwasher now boasts a brightened, stain-free interior.
  6. In some dishwasher models, the bottom of the dishwasher door accumulates debris because water cannot reach there. Wipe this off. Then inspect the grill or grate in the bottom of the dishwasher where the wastewater collects, and remove any food particles that are clogging the grate. Wash the grate area with warm, soapy water.
  7. If you have a filter, remove and disassemble the parts in your sink. In some case, the filter was attached with several screws. Make sure you have a tool on hand that works to remove these properly. Set your screws aside in a safe place so that when it comes time to reassemble you aren’t hunting around for them. Using a soft toothbrush, wash the filter parts with a baking soda paste or warm, soapy water.
  8. Wipe around the seal with a damp cloth soaked in white vinegar and a few squirts of lemon juice. For tighter areas, you can use a toothbrush. Scrub well, making sure to get the sides and edges of the machine.
  9. Check the utensil rack for any stuck-on food pieces, and remove them with a soapy toothbrush or dish brush. Wash off the top and bottom racks of your dishwasher and return them all to the machine.
  10. Clean the buttons and panel thoroughly. Spray the handle and front of your dishwasher with a vinegar solution or stainless steel cleaner, depending on the type of dishwasher you have. I find microfiber cloths work best for stainless steel and always wipe with the grain.
  11. Once the filter, grate, arms, and all the insides have been given their thorough cleaning and the smaller parts have had a chance to soak, place them back in as normal.

It’s good practice to do this about once a month. Be wary of dish washing gels. They typically contain bleach and over time will cause the rubber seal to break down and leak.

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