When To Clean Your Dishwasher: a blog informing the reader of when to clean their dishwasher to assure a long life expectancy.
The average dishwasher has an expected life span of approximately 7 years. The key to maintaining your appliance is to clean it regularly. Follow these steps to extend the life of your dishwasher:
Every 3 months
Wipe down the inside with a cloth, water and a mild detergent.
Remove any food, soap, or debris that collect inside the appliance.
The dishwasher, a great appliance that cleans your dishes and saves you time. But did you know that if you are not cleaning the dishwasher it will not actually be clean? In this blog I will tell you how to clean your dishwasher and assure a long life span for your appliance.
Most dishwashers have a filter. It is important to clean the filter regularly to remove excess food on the filter. Once or twice a year I recommend clearing out the filter. To do this, simply remove the lower rack and locate the filter, depending on your model it may be in different places but most are located in the bottom of the tub by the drain. Once you locate it remove it and rinse it out with warm water. For a deeper clean unscrew it and soak it in warm water until all of the debris has been removed (typically after an overnight soak). If your model does not have a filter, never fear! There are alternative ways to keep your dishwasher clean, such as running vinegar and baking soda through it at least once a month.
The second thing to do is to check and make sure that there is no remaining food particles left over from washing since these can clog up your drain or cause mold build up over time. To check for
We are all guilty of it. We use our dishwasher every single day, but do we ever stop to think about the toll this takes on the machine? Do we ever wonder if we should be cleaning our dishwasher itself to keep it running smoothly for years to come?
I will answer that question for you: yes. Yes, you should clean your dishwasher every few months–more often if you live in a humid climate, less often if you don’t–to keep soap buildup and gross things from growing in there.
So how do you clean your dishwasher? It’s actually quite simple. First, remove the bottom rack of your dishwasher. You’ll see a circular filter at the bottom of the tub–pull that out and soak it in hot soapy water for a few minutes, then scrub with a brush if necessary and rinse it thoroughly before replacing it in the dishwasher. Then run a cup of white vinegar through a normal cycle to sanitize the inside of the machine. Easy!
This may sound like a lot of work, but trust me: when you spend good money on an appliance you want to make sure it’s operating at peak efficiency and lasting as long as possible. Taking five minutes every few months to clean your dishwasher
You may not realize it, but your dishwasher needs cleaned too! The washer is full of parts that prevent your dishes from getting clean if they are not properly maintained. The build up of food particles and debris can cause unpleasant odors and even premature failure of the appliance.
The National Sanitation Foundation recommends cleaning your dishwasher with Affresh® at least once a month to maintain optimum performance. If you notice your dishes are not coming out as clean as before, or you’re noticing odors inside the machine, it’s time to start cleaning.
How To Clean Your Dishwasher:
Remove any large pieces of food from the bottom of the dishwasher tub. These pieces can clog drains and prevent water from reaching the spray arms.
Place an Affresh® tablet in a dishwasher-safe cup on the upper rack of the empty dishwasher. Run a Normal cycle using hot water (heated by your water heater).
To remove any remaining food particles or buildup, wipe down the inside walls of the tub, door seal, and around the drain area with a damp cloth or sponge. Be sure to rinse away any residue that comes off onto your cloth or sponge.
The most common dishwasher problem is actually caused by the homeowner. We know it is important to clean your dishwasher, but we often forget to clean the dishwasher itself.
The accumulation of food and soap scum can actually cause the dishwasher not to run properly. Also, rusting of the racks is a common occurrence causing a shorter lifespan of your appliance. This problem can be avoided by running hot water in the sink prior to using your dishwasher.
Be sure to rinse off all food scraps from dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. This also helps prevent clogged drains and pipes that can be very costly to repair.
Do not use a dirty dish cloth or sponge to wipe off dishes prior to loading into the washer. Food particles left on the dishes will end up in the bottom of your dishwasher and cause build-up and odors over time. It is best to use paper towels for this purpose, as they do not introduce bacteria into your machine from previous cleaning tasks.
If you notice an unpleasant odor coming from your machine, run a hot cycle with bleach or a cup of vinegar added to the bottom rack (not directly on dishes). The smell should disappear after this cycle, but if it does not then it may be time to
How often should you clean your dishwasher? The answer may surprise you. This is one of those tasks that can easily get pushed to the back burner, but it is extremely important to clean your dishwasher regularly.
Dishwashers are used on a daily basis by millions of people around the world, and yet many dishwasher owners neglect their machines. By not cleaning your dishwasher regularly, you are subjecting yourself and others in your household to bacteria and microbes that can cause serious illnesses.
So how often should you clean your dishwasher? As a rule of thumb, it’s best to clean your dishwasher at least once every week. If you have a large family or you run it more than once a day, it’s even more important that you clean it regularly.
Some people may ask why they need to clean their dishwasher at all if they already run it every day. The fact is that while the machine itself may be perfectly clean, there are other factors at play here. For example, if you have a buildup of grease or food in the filter, then this can make it very difficult for the machine to work effectively.
It’s also important to remember that your machine will eventually wear out over time even if you do clean it regularly.
Here’s a question you probably haven’t asked yourself: when was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? If you’re like most people, it’s been awhile. And if you had to guess, you’d probably assume that your dishwasher is pretty clean since it’s full of soapy water and dishes.
But the truth is, a dirty dishwasher can actually do more harm than good. The buildup of detergent, minerals from hard water and food can cause odors and leave your dishes spotty.
The good news is that cleaning a dishwasher doesn’t take much time or effort. Here’s how to clean your dishwasher in just three steps:
1. Remove all racks, including the silverware basket, and wash them with warm soapy water
2. Clean the inside of the tub with a solution of vinegar and baking soda by pouring one cup of vinegar into a bowl on the bottom rack and one cup of baking soda into a bowl on the top rack
3. Run the dishwasher through a full cycle with no detergent
You should do this every month or two to keep your dishwasher fresh and running smoothly!