Are You Cleaning Your Dishwasher Often Enough?

Sara Rodrigues
·2 mins read

From House Beautiful

Time to give your dishwasher some much needed attention. The much-loved appliance is high on many homeowners kitchen wishlists, but without proper care even the nicest models can be prone to wear and tear. Regular cleaning can keep your dishes sparkling by removing waste that can gather in the tiny spaces of your dishwasher like the blades and jets. Some dishwashers even offer a self-cleaning setting to build the process into the machine itself.

Give your dishwasher a much needed deep clean in two easy steps.

Materials:

  • Clean dish towel or cloth

  • White vinegar

  • Dishwasher-safe bowl

Start with a Clean Base

Remove the dish racks to gain access to the dishwasher interior. Using a clean cloth, wipe down all the surfaces, concentrating on any areas of residual buildup. Take extra care with the blades and water jets. These smaller spaces tend to trap leftover food and debris.

Once the inside of your dishwasher in clean, place your dish racks back into the machine.

Photo credit: House Beautiful/Brad Holland
Photo credit: House Beautiful/Brad Holland

Make Your Own Clean Setting

If your dishwasher doesn't have a self-clean setting, here's how to set up your own. Swap out your dishwasher filter if it's removable. Then, fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with distilled white vinegar and place it in the top rack. Make sure the rest of your dish racks are empty.

Run your dishwasher on a hot water setting and wait for the cycle to finish. Once the hot water cycle is done running, remove and dump the dishwasher-safe bowl. Now your dishwasher will run more efficiently. Wash your dishwasher once a month, taking time to replace the filter to keep dishes sparkling.

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