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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

by John Stewart
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A dishwasher is used to clean dishes. And while we are talking about cleaning, it is very important to keep your dishwasher clean. It makes no sense to clean your dirty cookware using a dirty appliance.

Cleaning a dishwasher is mandatory if you want the best results; that is clean dishes. You also lengthen its life if you observe high levels of cleanliness with your appliance.

Over time, a dishwasher may accumulate dirt in form of food remain and detergent. This provides a breeding ground for germs. You might notice an odor from your dishwasher if you do not clean it regularly.

The efficiency of the dishwasher will also be curtailed. And all that is not in line with the purpose of the dishwasher in the first place.

How often should you clean your dishwasher?

As frequently as possible should probably be the answer but a huge array of factors do not allow us to clean our dishwashers as frequently as we would like.

Experts recommend an interval of 3 to four weeks between cleanups. If you have the time, you can always shorten the cycle. You can also lighten your work by cleaning some parts on a weekly basis.

You can choose what parts to clean every week and what parts to clean monthly depending on their importance and how likely they are to pick up filth during dish-washing.

Cleaning your dishwasher

Cleaning your dishwasher is very easy. With a few key steps, you should have your dishwasher always looking spotless. Know what to clean and how often it should be cleaned.

Establish a cycle that works for you and one that does not compromise the cleanliness levels you wish to achieve.

Look out for food leftovers

Food leftovers are the main causes of filth in your dishwasher. They can rot easily leading to unfriendly odors from your dishwasher. “Prevention is always better than cure”, they say.

In this case then, prevent the food leftovers from getting into the dishwasher in the first place. Wipe clean your cookware before you can load it into the dishwasher.

Clean your dishwasher’s rack for food particles. You should also look out for food particles within the dishwasher drain to improve drainage.

Do this very regularly to prevent build up. Build up is always harder to clean. It also means more bacteria to disinfect and more odor to deal with.

Always wipe your dishwasher

Again, this is done to prevent buildup. Wipe your dishwasher clean both inside and outside. While the inside of your dishwasher is the focus, do not neglect the outside.

Wipe the dishwasher housing and door to get rid of fingerprints and other forms of junk that might have spilled on your dishwasher. Consider wiping your dishwasher every time you use it.

Wash your dishwasher parts

Remove your filter and the dishwasher rack and wash them thoroughly. Wash them on a constant basis. Most people prefer washing these parts weekly or after a fortnight if the dishwasher is not frequently used.

Wash your dishwasher thoroughly preferably monthly. Cover ever nick and cranny in this type of wash. Consider using cleaning agents during your thorough wash. Vinegar and baking soda are some of these agents.

Vinegar is very effective for cutting through grease and removing odor. Baking soda also fights stains and odor. Use of these cleaning agents with hot/warm water will have you a clean and odor free dishwasher.

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