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How to Clean a Stinky Dishwasher

There’s little that makes your dishes seem dirtier than a funky smell every time you open the dishwasher. There are some common tricks to help eliminate dishwasher smells, but a deep clean is the best options to tackle the root of the problem.

Dishwashers are a fantastic modern convenience, even if they might cause arguments over who’s turn it is to load/unload it, and let’s not get started on the fallouts over how to load it properly! No one is going to want to go near a smelly dishwasher anyway, so here’s our guide on how to clean a dishwasher thoroughly and effectively.

Why Does My Dishwasher Smell?

There are several reasons why your appliance is stinky. It could be standing water in the machine that is causing mould to grow, or food particles can accumulate in the drain filter, drain hose, or spray arm.

Clean the Drain Filter

Remove the filter and clean it in the kitchen sink with hot soapy water, using a bottle brush to reach all the crevices. Check that the drain is free of food particles before reinserting the filter.

Clean the Spray Arm

Simply remove the arms, hold them over the kitchen sink one at a time, and dislodge food particles with a toothpick. Run water through the holes to make sure they’re clear, and reinstall the arms in the dishwasher.

Clean the Inside of the Dishwasher

Soap scum and grime can accumulate on the walls and door of the dishwasher. Scrub them down with hot soapy water, and it will make a huge difference. Also wipe down the racks and door gaskets, as they can gather mould and mildew.

Run Empty Dishwasher Cycles with Vinegar and Baking Soda

For the first cycle, place a bowl filled with distilled white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher, and run a normal cycle. Then, pour a cup of baking soda into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a second cycle. Now your dishwasher should be odour-free!

If you haven’t managed to rectify the problem, or have other faults and need dishwasher repairs in Portsmouth, contact us today!

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