The dishwasher is probably the most used kitchen appliance next to the refrigerator. It gets almost nightly use in many households, but might be the most overlooked appliance when it comes to preventive maintenance. Taking some easy steps can increase your dishwasher’s lifespan and reduce the frequency of costly repairs. We’re going to take a look at some quick and easy maintenance tips to keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly.
Clean Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but it doesn’t clean itself. Dishwashers don’t need frequent cleaning, but debris can accumulate inside the dishwasher. At least once a month, you should clean your dishwasher. It’s pretty easy:
• Empty the dishwasher completely.
• Using a fine pointed tool like needle nose pliers clean out any blocked holes in the sprayer arms.
• Clean around the gasket and door edges using a cloth or old toothbrush with water and a mild spray cleaner.
• Clean under the bottom of the door on the inside, as there can be spots water doesn’t reach when the machine runs.
• Inspect the drainage area under the machine looking for debris that can clog the water flow and remove anything that shouldn’t be there.
• To remove water deposits, run one cycle of your empty dishwasher with a mild food acid like vinegar. Don’t use bleach. Make sure the water inlet valve is not clogged with any mineral deposits or debris.
• Clean the front of your dishwasher using a mild spray cleaner, paying attention to controls, handle, and ledges.
Dishwasher Best Practices
Dishwashers are amazing machines, but they do need a little help. Before adding dishes to your dishwasher, make sure to rinse them first, removing large particles of food. A quick rinse greatly reduces the amount of debris that builds up in the machine.
Make sure you load the dishes correctly. Often when you think your dishwasher is underperforming, simply changing how you load the dishes can make a big difference. Remember, the water needs a clear path to spray each dish.
After each wash do a quick scan and make sure there are not any large chunks of food or other debris at the bottom of the dishwasher. If your dishwasher has a filter system, you need to clean the filter regularly to prevent buildup.
That’s all folks!
If you follow these simple steps and you can extend the life of your dishwasher and reduce the number of needed repairs over its lifetime.
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