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How To Clean a Dishwasher In 5 Steps

In theory, your dishwasher should be cleaning itself every time you use it. Unfortunately, in reality, the dishwasher accumulates bit of food, grease, soap scum, and water minerals on the filter and the interior walls. This build-up of gunk can have an unpleasant odour, and it can stop the dishwasher doing its job, and even cause your machine to breakdown.

But you can avoid repairs by keeping your dishwasher clean, and we have gathered some of the best tricks to help you.

Follow our step-by-step guide to get a clean and maintained dishwasher.

Daily: Remove bits of food

As well as ensuring that you have scraped as much food off before placing dishes in the dishwasher, get in the habit of cleaning any bits of food left in the machine. Pull out the bottom rack to see if any food has fallen into the well, and remove it with a paper towel if needed.

Weekly: Wipe away door grime, and remove and rinse the filter

With a damp sponge or cloth, wipe away any residue and spots that may have splashed or settled onto the interior surface of the door its door edges, handle, or dishwasher controls.

Next, remove the filter found below the bottom spray arm and rinse it under hot running water. If that’s not clean, nothing else will be. Scrub the mesh screen with a soft toothbrush to remove any debris, before replacing it in the machine.

Monthly: Give it a deep clean

You can either use dishwasher cleaning tablets that will dissolve any bits of grease and food for a thorough clean, or you can place a glass measuring cup filled with two cups of distilled white vinegar on the top rack and run a normal cycle without detergent or dishes.

Always read the instructions before you use cleaning tablets since some can't run in the same cycle as dishes and detergent.

If you need dishwasher repair in Portsmouth, call us today!

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