Have you ever wondered why your home appliances are not working properly? It’s annoying if the appliances in your home don’t seem to last long and require frequent repairs. Dishwashers are an often neglected item that require cleaning every six months. We need to maintain all our appliances, not just dishwashers.
When to clean your dishwasher
Make sure your dishes are clean by cleaning your dishwasher once a month to keep the machine running efficiently and prevent the growth of germs. Put distilled white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup (I often use a two-cup Pyrex measuring cup) and place it upright in the top rack of a full dishwasher.
Use the hot water setting and complete the cycle. After that, deodorize the appliance by pouring a cup of baking soda into the tub and running the dishwasher for a half cycle while using hot water. After that, let your dishwasher air out for a few hours by leaving it open.
Dishwasher Cleaning Instructions
The following step-by-step instructions will show you how to thoroughly clean a dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda. The difference will amaze you. Your machine will have a completely new look and function more efficiently than before.
1. Compile your materials
Gather your cleaning supplies.
- Warm water
- white vinegar for distillation
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Rubber gloves
- microfiber clothing
2. Pull out dishwasher racks, filter, and utensil holders.
The racks, utensil holders, and filter need to be removed in order to get to the little cracks and crevices (some filters just twist, but others will require tools to unscrew). Take them out and soak them in a solution of 1 cup distilled white vinegar and warm water. For at least 30 minutes, let them soak.
3. Remove all the garbage.
Once you can see clearly again, look inside for any debris that may be left there. Clean the sidewalls, spray arms, and the corners at the top and bottom of the sidewalls. Look inside all the tiny holes and slots where the water comes out of the dishwasher, the filter, and the dispenser. Use a toothbrush and/or toothpick to remove any food particles or other debris that may have gotten stuck in such small spaces.
4. Run a hot water with vinegar cycle in the dishwasher.
1 cup of White vinegar should be placed in a dishwasher-safe container, which should be placed in the bottom of an empty dishwasher. The hot water cycle must be selected for the dishwasher. The vinegar will destroy any traces of food, grease, soap scum, residue, or other stubborn dirt.
5. Run one more short wash cycle with baking soda.
After the first cycle has finished, take out the bowl and line the bottom of the dishwasher with 1 cup of baking soda. Run a short cycle on it. The baking soda will clean the dishwasher and remove odors. As a result? A dishwasher that is clean as a whistle and looks fantastic.
6. Clean the outer door of the dishwasher
Inspect the surface of your dishwasher using a cleaner designed for it: Look for a cleaner designed for stainless steel, for example, if it’s made of stainless steel (All-purpose cleaners can leave a streaky finish or even scratch steel, so be careful.)
Another approach? Make your own cleaner. All dishwasher surfaces can be cleaned with a great DIY cleaner made from a simple solution of dish soap, water, and white vinegar. Wipe the grain off the surface after dipping a microfiber cloth in the soapy water and wringing out the excess.
For a shiny, fingerprint-free finish, rinse the cloth first, then go over the surface again. Be sure to use your damp cloth to clean the control panel and handles as well.
Why clean your dishwasher?
There are several advantages to having knowledge of dishwasher maintenance. You will notice that the machine is not only more attractive and pleasing to the eye, but also more efficient. You’ll have cleaner dishes because the device can now be used entirely with soap and water spraying at maximum intensity.
In fact, if your dishes start to get dirty after you put them in the dishwasher, your dishwasher probably needs a deep cleaning. Learn how to properly load a dishwasher so you can maintain the cleanliness between deep cleanings, and try to do it once every six months to keep your dishwasher performing at its best.
If your dishwasher includes a self-clean sanitizing cycle, you should use it once a month in addition to that six-month deep clean. The sanitize cycle removes 99.9% of germs and food soils left behind by a conventional wash cycle by operating hotter and longer.
You can have new by hand if your dishwasher does not have a sanitize cycle. The Affresh foaming tablet is designed to be used with a normal full cycle and works to remove dishwasher detergent residue and build-up.
Temperature settings on your dishwasher
We have one more tip to make sure your dishwasher performs at its best: 120°–150°F should be your chosen range. It’s not hot enough to wash dishes successfully if the water isn’t at least 120 degrees. Use the sink closest to the dishwasher and fill a cup with the hottest tap water you can find to check your body temperature. Use a thermometer to measure the temperature inside. You should adjust your water heater if the temperature drops below 120° or rises above 150°.