3. Here’s an easy tutorial about how to give your dishwasher the once over. I’m not just talking a spit bath either. That means filters, the hose, etc. This is something you can totally DIY, and your dishwasher will thank you by running better and cleaning more thoroughly!
Here are the steps:
~After you have ran the dishwasher, empty it.
~Remove the racks, and any other items that seem easy to take out.
~Inspect the hole in the arms that spin and spray water. If necessary, remove gunk by using a toothpick or needle nose pliars.
~ This step seems unusual since the parts are from a dishwasher, but wash all of these parts. Use warm soapy water and a sponge. Rinse well.
~Wipe the door and the seal. The door seal often gets hard water build up and vinegar works well to remove this. For the smaller, hard to reach areas, a Q-tip and or toothbrush should be all you need.
How you doing? Still hanging in there? Just a few more steps and you will be done.
~Clean the inside of the dishwasher using a soft rag and or a sponge. Baking soda and warm water make everything clean up easily.
~Run your dishwasher on a regular cycle but instead of using dishwasher soap, use vinegar. Just pour a few cups in the bottom, not the normal soap dispenser. While this is running, scrub clean the utensil holder. It usually remains quite clean but you want to double check that something wasn’t missed.
~ The last step is to put everything together, close the door and clean the outside. Wash it clean with warm soapy water. If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, my favorite go to cleaner is pledge. No joke. Use a soft cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain. Pledge not only cleans, it resists smudges.
~ All major dishwasher manufacturers provide a diagram for the best way to arrange your dirty dishes in the dishwasher’s racks. If you never paid attention to it, you probably should. Many load the dishwasher incorrectly and cause the water to be blocked. Dishes can be left dirty and gross. Look your brand up online and learn how to correctly load the dishes.
~ To help you get the most out of each load, run hot water in your kitchen sink before you start the dishwasher. Every time!