So you might be wondering…”doesn’t the dishwasher just clean itself when it cleans dishes?” Just like any other appliance, the dishwasher gets dirty too. Soap scum, food debris, and grease build up in your dishwasher. This can make it a breeding ground for germs and lead to eventual health problems. It can also cause the dishwasher itself to break down over time.
Now that we know that your dishwasher needs to be cleaned, lets establish how often. We would recommend once a month. Having a clean dishwasher is just as important as having clean dishes. Are your dishes truly going to be clean if they are in a dirty machine?
Lets get to the how. Cleaning a dishwasher can actually be super easy! Just follow these simple steps and you will get the most out of your dishwasher.
1. Pull out the bottom rack and check that your drain is free of debris. All kinds of things can get stuck there, so make sure it is clear.
2. Wash the filter. Scrub away any grease and grime and let it soak in warm soapy water for a few minutes before rinsing it.
3. Fill a cup of white vinegar and place it on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run your dishwasher on its hottest setting through a normal cycle with no detergents. It will melt away the grease and grime, sanitize, and rid it of odor.
4. After the vinegar cycle, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through the short cycle on its hottest temperature. This will also help with deodorization and remove unwanted stains.
5. All done! You can manually use a scrubbing brush to take care of any spots that may need more attention. Don’t forget to put your filter back.
In conclusion, having a clean dishwasher is important because it helps the longevity of your dishwasher and keeps you safe from any germs that may have built up inside. You eat off of your dishes nearly every day, so do yourself a favor and make sure that they are properly being cleaned. Plus, it’s a really easy process!