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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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If you're like most people, you probably run your dishwasher several times in a week and rely on it to do the "dirty work" of cleaning the majority of your dishes. Because you run it regularly, you might assume that your dishwasher stays clean (after all, you're constantly removing clean dishes from it). Unless you start to notice a strange smell or your dishwasher begins to have problems working, it can be easy to forget that your dishwasher, like all of your appliances, needs its own thorough cleaning, from time to time.

You don't want to wait for something to break or go wrong to give your dishwasher some love. In order to keep your dishwasher running well and cleaning your dishes effectively, you'll need to ensure that you give your dishwasher a good cleaning, once per month.. You can prevent wear and tear to your dishwasher, as well as other maintenance emergencies (no one wants a broken down dishwasher, am I right?) by taking simple steps to regularly clean your dishwasher and keep it running at its best.

Giving your dishwasher a good scrub down requires some understanding of how your dishwasher works as well as the specific areas that tend to get clogged with food scraps and gunk. Take our tips on How to Clean Your Dishwasher, and get your appliance running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.

  1. Remove the bottom rack and inspect the drain. Remember those tiny bits of food scraps left on your plates from last night's dinner? Those scraps have to go somewhere, and that place is the drain. Over time, your dishwasher drain collects food scraps and gunk that can prevent your dishwasher from draining properly, leading to appliance damage. Before you do anything else, carefully inspect and remove any items from the drain with paper towels or a clean towel. You'll help your drain to do its job and prevent complications down the road.
  2. Clean the tub. Once the drain is cleared, place a dishwasher-safe cup of plain white vinegar in the top rack of the otherwise empty dishwasher. Run the dishwasher at the hottest setting for one full cycle. Once that cycle is complete, sprinkle one cup of baking soda along the bottom of the dishwasher and run a short, hot water cycle. After the second cycle is complete, open the dishwasher and use paper towels or a clean cloth to wipe down the now-sparkling sides and bottom of the tub.
  3. Clean the parts. Remove your dishwasher racks and utensil holders and spray/scrub them down by hand to remove any remaining food particles or tiny, trapped gunk. Place the cleaned accessories back into the dishwasher and inspect. You should be staring back at a seriously clean dishwasher!

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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