How to keep your dishwasher sparkling
Deep cleaning your dishwasher may not be anybody's idea of fun but it could save you both money and aggravation down the road.
The preferred way for most people is running it empty, often using one of the commercial cleaning products available. While that certainly never hurts on a periodic basis, the fact is cleaning the filters, cartridges and crates is needed to get rid of those tiny bits of food and soap particles that can build up in those hard to reach places.
The first step is to lift out the bottom rack and remove the filter and drain. Make sure no materials are left behind to clog or damage the pump. Such things can range from seeds, fish shells and even bits of glass. Their presence means your machine works harder, putting added strain on the motor.
Take out the filter and give it a preliminary wash to get rid of any excess material before soaking in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes.
Fill a cup with vinegar and put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Running the machine through the hottest cycle will help the vinegar remove dirt and grime, along with any musty odours.
That should be followed by another run through at a hot cycle, this time after sprinkling baking soda around the bottom. This should make your dishwasher smell fresh, as well as help to remove stains. If there are some stains that still persist, it may be time to scrub hard with an old toothbrush.
Then replace the filter and your dishes should come out looking and smelling as good as new. Whether you use gel or pods to get your dishes sparkling, a well maintained dishwasher will not only do a better job but it will last longer.
A deep cleaning is recommended once a month. While it may sound like a lot of work, keep in mind it will likely mean fewer repairs and more money in your pocket. Clean dishes and saving money is definitely a win-win.
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