Cleaning a dishwasher inside and out is an important task to ensure its optimal performance and longevity. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:
- Gather your supplies: You’ll need rubber gloves, a soft cloth or sponge, white vinegar, baking soda, and a toothbrush.
- Start with the interior: Remove any dishes or utensils from the dishwasher. Check the drain and remove any debris or food particles. Use a toothbrush to scrub away any stubborn residue.
- Clean the filter: Most dishwashers have a filter that needs regular cleaning. Consult your dishwasher’s manual to locate the filter and remove it. Rinse it under running water to remove any trapped debris. If it’s heavily soiled, soak it in warm soapy water for a few minutes before rinsing.
- Wipe down the interior: Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Wipe down the interior walls, door, and racks. Pay extra attention to areas with built-up grime or stains. For stubborn stains, make a paste using baking soda and water, apply it to the stain, and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it away.
- Clean the spray arms: The spray arms can become clogged with mineral deposits or food particles. Remove them carefully and rinse them under running water. Use a toothpick or a small brush to clear any blockages in the spray holes.
- Run a cleaning cycle: Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar and place it on the top rack. Run a hot water cycle without any dishes. The vinegar will help remove any lingering odors and disinfect the dishwasher.
- Polish the exterior: Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the exterior of the dishwasher. If there are any stubborn stains, use a mild dish soap or stainless steel cleaner, depending on the material of your dishwasher.
- Maintain regular cleaning: To keep your dishwasher in top shape, make it a habit to clean the filter and wipe down the interior every few months. Regularly check for any signs of mold or mildew and address them promptly.
Remember, always refer to your dishwasher’s manual for specific instructions and safety precautions. With these steps, your dishwasher will be sparkling clean and ready to tackle your dirty dishes!
Until next time, Karyn Murphy