Like any appliance, dishwashers aren’t perfect. Without a little maintenance to keep them running smoothly, you might end up with a few funky smells. Or worse… a musty, watery mess and a big service fee.
There are many things that can improve the life cycle of your dishwasher, starting from keeping the filters and screens clean, to paying attention that the dishwasher is in level with the ground. Furthermore, you also need to pay attention to which washing powders you use, as some of them may have a bad impact on the device.
Clean the Filter
- First, remove the bottom dishwasher tray or rack.
- Take out the removable dishwasher filter/s. (These should be easy to unscrew and take out for washing, but if you’re unsure, then consult your product manual for proper removal).
- Soak your filters in some warm water for 10 minutes.
- Scrub each one thoroughly with a stiff brush (an old toothbrush also works well), soap and hot water.
- Clean out the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher and remove any residual gunk. You can also pop half a cup of baking soda in to freshen it up.
- Replace the clean filters into the dishwasher.
Clean the spray arms
The spray arms are important because they are in charge of water getting evenly distributed during the cycle. Unfortunately, dishwashers by nature deal with a lot of oily grease and food bits which clog the jets. Remove the spray arms and run water through the inlet of each to make sure the holes aren’t blocked. Wipe away any slimy build up with a cloth and replace.
Clean the dishwasher seals
- Get a damp cloth.
- Run it around the contact points and seals to remove built-up grime and residue.
The cleaning cycle
Finally, give your dishwasher a deep clean by running a cycle without any dishes. Choose the longest, hottest cycle for this part of the deep clean. There are many branded dishwasher cleaning products on the market, but sprinkling a few tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda on the bottom of the machine for this cycle will work just as well.
Still, even if you do everything according to the plan, your dishwasher might end up broken. The best way to prevent this from happening is to do checkups from time to time. Unfortunately, you can’t do this on your own. You neither have the tools nor the skills to deal with it properly. We urge you not to try to open it on your own as this device uses both the electricity and water, which can be a dangerous combination.