How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Contrary to popular belief, the dishwasher doesn’t exactly clean itself. Worse, it can be far from pristine; over time, the dishwasher will collect food debris, soap residue and all manner of gunk that you’ll need to wipe away unless you want your dishes to stay dirty even after a cycle.

In this post, Handyman Connection® of Chicago Central discusses how to properly clean your dishwasher.

What You Need

Before everything else, secure a few things to ensure the success of your cleaning project. Thankfully, you can find most of these cleaning materials and implements in your kitchen, or if not, they’re readily available at the local store. These are:

  • Distilled white vinegar and some dish soap

  • Baking soda and a sponge

  • Screwdriver or a hex wrench

  • Soft rag or microfiber cloth

  • Toothbrush and a multipurpose cleaner

The First Steps

First, empty your dishwasher completely after a cycle, including the racks. Then, make sure the holes in the spinning arm are clear and open so that water will properly run through them once you start cleaning the dishwasher. Next, get rid of the physical debris using a toothpick or any small pointy tool, but avoid scratching the spinning arms.

Cleaning and Wiping

Some dishwasher models have a space at the bottom of the dishwasher door where debris might accumulate because water can’t reach it. If this is the case with your dishwasher, wipe this part clean. You’ll also want to continue removing food particles clinging to the grate. After that, wash this part with warm, soapy water.

Wash the Filter

If your dishwasher has a filter, unscrew this from its place before you run the cycle. You’ll want to clean this individually as the vinegar might be too intense for it. Using a soft toothbrush, wash the individual parts of the filter with baking soda paste. Alternatively, you can use warm soapy water.

Running the Cycle

Next, remove hard water deposits in your dishwasher. Add two cups of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on low or an energy-saving cycle. Stop the dishwasher halfway through its cycle, and let the vinegar stand for about 20 minutes. After that, turn it back on, and complete the cycle.

Once the cycle is done, simply rinse your dishwasher with water. Return all the individual parts back to their rightful place. All you really need to do now is just clean and polish the exterior, and you’re done!

Handyman Connection of Chicago Central can help you with your kitchen needs. Fill out our form, or call us at (312) 265-3886 to learn more about our services.

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