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How to Clean & Maintain Your Dishwasher

Christmas is now over and the new year has finally started.

It is fair to say that it has been a very busy season for dishwashers, cleaning those endless plates, bowls, cups and cutlery from our family gatherings and parties.

While dishwasher salt, dishwasher tablets and dishwasher cleaners can assist in doing an amazing job cleaning our dishes, eventually you get to the stage where you notice that your dishwasher is no longer doing as good a job as it used to.

It is likely that after all this cleaning, some of you may be suffering from a clogged dishwasher drain. This is why it is important for us to give the dishwasher a thorough clean after all of its hard work, to ensure that our favourite home appliance is in running order, doing the best job possible.

Following these simple steps will not only help you with cleaning out a clogged dishwasher, but it will also help you avoid a clogged dishwasher pipe in future.

Read our simple tips on how to clean a dishwasher:

Clear the Dishes

While yes, technically it is the dishwashers job to clean the dishes, at the same time it is important to take care of our electrical appliances so we can avoid a clogged dishwasher.

Therefore, before you load those plates and bowls into the dishwasher, ensure you scrape away all of the food off of the dishes, into the bin, while also giving them a rinse under the warm tap to get rid of any last traces of food.

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Dust Bunnies

Inspect your dishwasher and see if any food or random bits of dirt have gathered and stuck themselves on the shelves in the dishwasher. If so, then clean them away to stop a bigger mass of dirt from building up.

Soak the Spray Arm and Draws

Every single part of the dishwasher is important and must not be forgotten about which is why even the spray arms need a thorough clean.

Food can easily block the holes in the spray arms, which is why when you are giving your domestic appliances a thorough clean, you need to ensure they are not missed.

To clean the spray arms, remove them from the dishwasher, fill your sink with warm water and vinegar and leave them in there to soak. After a few hours, clean the spray arms and use a pipe cleaner to clean the holes.

Once the spray arm has been cleaned, why not wash the draws in your dishwasher so that the dishes can be fully, thoroughly cleaned when they are in there?

Wash the Screens and Filters

If you are wondering how to fix a clogged dishwasher, then this is a good place to start.

Your screen or filter in the dishwasher, provides the job of helping to catch any large pieces of food or items that could enter the food drain and block the dishwasher.

As this is a part of the dishwasher that can quickly need cleaning, it is important to check and clean the screen or filter on a regular basis.

If you notice that your dishwasher screen or filter has a hole, then this is a sign that it needs to be replaced. Should this be the case, be sure to check the food drain for any food and debris and clear the clogged dishwasher drain to prevent further dishwasher problems.

Clean the Door

Get a damp cloth and clean around the edges of the door, giving them a thorough clean with vinegar or an antibacterial spray. As the edge of the door doesn’t get cleaned by the dishwasher, it is easy for food and dirt to build up here.

Don’t forget to clean the outside of the dishwasher if it is starting to look a bit grubby, so you can happily look at your lovely clean dishwasher!

The Monthly Dishwasher Clean

Another handy tip to help reduce the build up of grease and to prevent getting a dishwasher blogged up, is to wash a quart of distilled vinegar through the dishwasher. Simply put the vinegar at the bottom of the dishwasher (nothing else is needed) and let the dishwasher to run itself empty. You machine will not only run better but there will be no more nasty odours either.

Hot water cycles are also good for a dishwasher to help clear away any build up and are recommended to take place several times a week.

If you found this blog post interesting, why not check out our other blog post Bin it Don’t Flush it.

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