As odd as it sounds, dishwashers can get dirty – even with all the hot water and detergent constantly running through it. Whether it’s the chemicals in the dish soap, grease, or grime buildup, your once efficient dishwasher may be filled with residue, germs, and odors.
So, what are the best ways to clean, disinfect, and sanitize a dishwasher?
Remove Grime from the Dishwasher’s Door
Between loading, wash cycles, and unloading dishes – there are bound to be spots of residue that form around the door of your dishwasher. The best way to get rid of this is by using a damp cloth or sponge to wipe around the door rim, handles, and controls.
Wipe Down Particles Off of Items Pre-Wash
One of the easiest ways to reduce the frequency of cleaning your dishwasher is to not make it do all the work. Before loading dinnerware, pots, and pans into the dishwasher, wipe off crumbs, sauce, and other particles.
After your dishwasher’s cycle is done, ensure that you remove the bottom rack to wipe off any remaining food that came off in the wash.
Clean the Dishwasher’s Filter Weekly
Neglecting to clean the filter can result in grime buildup, which can reduce water flow. Not only can this slow the drainage of the appliance, but the accumulated buildup also causes smelly odors and bacteria to grow. Clean the filter by detaching it and rinsing it under running water. Any remaining grime still attached can be scraped out by hand or toothbrush.
Baking Soda Rinse
Baking soda is a safe and mild alkali substance that helps in removing persistent residue left by food waste. Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda along the bottom of your dishwasher and rinse on a hot water cycle. Continue to repeat this process until the stubborn stains or odors are gone. Be sure to wipe away any remaining residue on the tub walls and bottom to avoid clogging the filter.
Deodorize with Vinegar
If you suspect an odor still lingering inside your dishwasher, you can use a small amount of white vinegar to deodorize the tub. White vinegar not only breaks down buildup, but it is also a chemical-free way to neutralize foul smells.
- Take out all items in your dishwasher racks.
- On the top rack, place a bowl containing one cup of vinegar.
- Run a hot water cycle so the vinegar breaks down any residue and deodorizes the unit.
- When the cycle is done, remove the bowl and spread a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the tub.
- Run a short, hot cycle so that the baking soda can dissolve any grease or buildup.
Once finished, your dishwasher should be odor-free and ready for the next load!
At Danny’s Appliance, we hope to assist and help all of our customers’ needs and questions about maintenance on all units. If you have any questions or looking to replace your appliance, call us at 401-351-0510.