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Running perfectly: how to clean your dishwasher correctly

How to clean your dishwasher correctly. Source: Created with the help of AI

A dishwasher is a real helper in the kitchen, saving you a lot of time and effort. However, like any household appliance, it needs to be cleaned regularly.

Dirt can have a negative impact on the dishwasher's performance. The Martha Stewart magazine explains how to clean the appliance so that it does not disappoint you with an unpleasant odor or poorly washed dishes.

During use, food particles, grease and soap scum can build up in the dishwasher. This can lead to reduced efficiency and even potential damage to the appliance.

Regular cleaning helps to extend the life of your dishwasher and ensures that you don't have to wash dishes by hand.

How often to clean the dishwasher

Ideally, you should wash your dishwasher at least 2 times a month. But if you notice an unpleasant odor or mold, you need to clean it immediately.

What not to clean your dishwasher with

Check the instructions to see if the manufacturer of your particular appliance recommends avoiding certain cleaning products.

In general, you should avoid using abrasive materials and hard sponges, as they can damage the internal surfaces and components of the appliance.

Also, never use bleach, as it will damage rubber seals and plastic parts. Instead, use natural or special dishwasher detergents.

How to clean your dishwasher

Filter

Start by cleaning the dishwasher filter. Rinse it under the tap to remove any food particles stuck in it and soak it for 15-30 minutes in a 1:1 solution of hot water and white vinegar.

Rinse the filter with warm water before replacing it.

Gasket

In a small bowl, mix baking soda and water to form a paste and apply it to the gasket of your dishwasher for 10-15 minutes. Then gently scrub away any dirt with a soft brush or sponge and wipe off the mixture with a damp cloth.

Racks

Your dishwasher racks can also trap food and grease particles. So soak them in soapy water, then scrub off any dirt with a brush and sponge, rinse off the dirt and detergent with lukewarm water, and dry the racks before putting them back in place.

Sprayers

Food particles can easily get stuck in the spray nozzles of your dishwasher. Take them out of the appliance and use a toothpick or small brush to remove any dirt stuck in the holes.

Then, soak the spray arms in a vinegar solution and wash them before putting them back in the dishwasher.

Walls.

When cleaning the walls of the dishwasher, pay close attention to the corners as grease and dirt can accumulate there.

You can get rid of small stains with a soft cloth and soapy water, but if you encounter more serious stains, use a baking soda paste.

Drain hole

Remove the bottom shelf from the dishwasher and check the drainage area for food particles or debris.

For a deeper cleaning, pour some baking soda down the drain and pour vinegar over it. Wait 15-20 minutes before flushing the hole with hot water.

Doors.

When cleaning doors, avoid using abrasive products or materials. Instead, use soft cloths or towels, soapy water, or baking soda paste.

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