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How to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

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Believe it or not, your dishwasher does not stay clean while it’s cleaning. I mean, all of that built up grim has to go somewhere, right? So, when was the last time you gave your dishwasher a deep cleaning? If your answer is “never” or “I’m supposed to do that?” then it might be time to learn how to deep clean your dishwasher.

As your dishwasher is busy cleaning dishes, toys and whatever else you are sticking in there, it is also building up bits of food residue, soap scum, minerals, lime, grease and more out of the filters and rubber gaskets.

Signs Your Dishwasher Needs Cleaned Include:

  • Dishes not getting clean
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Cloudy glassware

What You Will Need:

  1. First you can start off with the outside of the dishwasher. Make a soap and water solution and give the outside of the dishwasher a good scrub. Once it is nice and clean you will want to make sure it is fully dried off by drying it off with a dry towel. ** for stainless steel you will want to make a vinegar water solution using one part vinegar and three parts water to spray on and wipe off.
  2. Once the outside is nice and clean it is time to start tackling the inside. Start by removing all of the racks and utensil holder so you can wash them separately with dish soap and water.
  3. After the racks are removed, you will want to check for any leftover food debris or particles that might be laying in the bottom of the dishwasher. This is also a good time to check the spray jets and make sure that you don’t see anything blocking them. You can use tweezers or toothpicks to help remove any blockage.
  4. Next up is the filters. If you have removable filters in your dishwasher you will want to remove them and give them a good scrub. Soak them in dish soap water for at least ten minutes to help remove all of the gunk. If your filters are in the bottom of the dishwasher you can also sprinkle some baking soda in the hole along with a cup of vinegar. Let sit and soak for about 10 minutes.
  5. Lastly you will want to run a cleaning cycle through your dishwasher. You can do this by sprinkling baking soda all over the bottom of your dish washer and placing a bowl filled with about 2 cups of white vinegar on the bottom of the dishwasher. Run the cycle on deep clean on a hottest setting possible.

How often should you clean your dishwasher?

Most manufacturers recommend a good deep cleaning once a month. If that is not possible you may want to at least run one cycle a week with vinegar with an all-out deep cleaning at least twice a year.

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