Hard water stains, greasy deposits, or drainage issues plaguing your dishwasher? This easy 3-step process can help you avoid an expensive repair bill.
Step 1 – Inspect The Drain
Before you start cleaning your dishwasher, it’s a good idea to quickly check the area around the drain. Remove the bottom rack for easier access, then feel the area around the drain.
Remove any foreign material you find to prevent it from blocking the drain. You’d be surprised at what you often find down there—bones, glass shards, bits of plastic, Lego ?
This is also a good opportunity to inspect the holes in the spray arm. If they look grimy, dip an old toothbrush into some vinegar and use it to scrub any food particles out the the spray holes. Replace the bottom rack when you’re done.
Step 2 – Vinegar Wash
Set a small dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack of your empty dishwasher, then fill it with white vinegar. Close your dishwasher and run a complete wash cycle on the hottest setting.
Step 3 – Baking Soda Wash
Once the first wash cycle is finished, sprinkle a handful of baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher. Run it through another quick wash cycle using the hottest water setting.
Optional Step – Bleach Wash
If you’ve been struggling with mould and / or mildew in your dishwasher, adding a final bleach wash to the cleaning process should take care of it. To do a bleach wash, add 1 cup of bleach to the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full wash cycle.
DO NOT do this step if your dishwasher has a stainless steel interior. Bleach can permanently damage and discolour stainless steel!
Repeat the steps outlined above every month to keep your dishwasher clean and working effectively!