You would think an appliance that’s filled with soap and water every day would be sparkling clean. Unfortunately — it’s not.
In order to keep your dishwasher free of germs and running as efficiently as possible, it’s important to clean it roughly once a month.
This is What’s Lurking in Your Dishwasher
- Soap scum: Over time, soap scum begins to build up on the walls of your machine.
- Food particles: Pieces of food that get trapped in the drain breed bacteria and can damage your machine.
- Grease: Soap is often not enough to eliminate the grease that fatty foods leave on plates.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher
Now that you know some of the things still hiding in your dishwasher after the cycle has ended, it’s time to learn how to get rid of them. And luckily, it’s as easy as running the dishwasher.
- Manually clean out the bottom drain: This may be the only part you should throw on gloves for. Take out the bottom dish rack and take a look at the dishwasher drain. Remove any food or debris that you can see and then put the rack back in. A clean drain will prevent bacteria from spreading and increase your appliance’s efficiency.
- Give it a vinegar bath: Add a cup of white vinegar to a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the top rack of the machine. Run your dishwasher as you would normally, on a hot water cycle. When the cycle is over, leave your machine door open and let it air dry.
- Add some baking soda: Once your machine is completely dry, sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the floor of your dishwasher. Then, run a short, hot water cycle. Again, leave your machine to air dry once the cycle is complete.
And wallah! Your dishwasher should be sparkling clean and bacteria-free for at least a month.
If your dishwasher still isn’t performing well, even after a deep clean, call us today to schedule your service!