How To Clean Your Dishwasher- And How Often To Clean It

Your dishwasher has a pretty crap life, let’s face it. All it ever gets to do is to clean your dishes for you. But it does so without a fuss. And in return, generally speaking, we show it no love because we don’t have the time, the knowledge, or the inclination to do so.

Periodically cleaning your dishwasher will keep it happy (we hope!) and help prevent your dishwasher from breaking down on you; once a month or two, depending on how often you use it, should be sufficient.

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How To Clean Your Dishwasher

Step One: Clearing the internal drainage

This isn’t as hard as it sounds, seriously. Open your dishwasher door and remove the bottom rack. You should see a plastic bit with holes in it. Just make sure they’re free from food and gunk. That’s it!<br />
This should keep the internal draining side of things free from blockage and increase it’s flow and efficiency.

Step Two: Service washes

There are two ways to do this and we recommend doing both. Firstly, place a cup of white vinegar in the top rack of your dishwasher (obviously in a dishwasher safe cup or container). Run a hot cycle. This should remove any grease, grime, and smelly odours.

The second type of wash involves sprinkling a cup of baking soda across the bottom of your dishwasher. Again, run it through a hot cycle. This should leave your dishwasher looking bright and clean and, as a bonus, smelling nice!

Step Three: Fluid top-ups

Just like a car your dishwasher needs fluids to help it do it’s job. Running low can not only cause a deterioration in the quality of cleaning, but also lead to some long term problems with your appliance.

Be sure to top up your rinse aid; usually located next to your dishwasher cleaning tablet dispenser. Next, top up the salt. This is located at the base of the dishwasher and can be done by unscrewing the cap.

Finally, give your dishwasher a quick clean on the outside with a damp cloth. Please note; this step isn’t necessary for the functional running of your appliance but it does make it look all shiny and pretty!

We hope the above helps keep your machine free from trouble, but should you encounter any problems you should book a dishwasher repair and get a professional in to rectify any bigger faults.

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