How To Properly Clean Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers are very useful appliances that help you cut down your water use and therefore, helpful in cutting down the cost of your monthly water bills. They make washing plates and utensils less bothersome, effectively and efficiently. However, like any other home appliance, this machine needs proper maintenance for it to do its job well of cleaning your dishes completely and properly.
Here, we will tell you how to clean the insides of your dishwasher and how to remove its spray arms and unclog them. A clean dishwasher will function well and keep your dishes clean.
To get the job done, we suggest you prepare some tools and kitchen supplies that you will need for the cleaning. These include a putty, or a butter knife, fine steel wool, ratchet with a ¼ inch socket, a wire coat hanger or something similar to it, sponge, baking soda, vinegar, or lemon juice and a toothbrush. With the use of these tools and kitchen supplies, we expect that you can clean your dishwasher in less than an hour.
Remove the spray arms and unclog them to restore the dishwasher’s ability to clean dishes properly. Spray arms are the large rotating blade-like structures which spray water inside the machine to clean the dishes. After some time, they can become clogged and prevent them from doing their job properly. They are prone to clogs and blockages. To remove the bottom spray arm, rotate it counter-clockwise and lift it up at the same time. You might need to use a ratchet, with a ¼ inch socket, to remove the top and middle spray arms. Once they have been removed, unclog the holes on the spray arms. Remove debris from the spray holes with a bent coat hanger or a thin wire, and thoroughly clean the holes properly.
Make your own home cleaning solution where you will soak the spray-arms to break down hidden residue. After unclogging the holes on the spray arms, soak them in a cleaning solution that will remove any residue left. Get a basin which is big enough to accommodate the spray arms, or use a bigger container if necessary, then pour vinegar or lemon juice over them. Make sure that the solution goes into the holes. Let these parts sit there for some time and let the acidic solution work its wonders in breaking down debris.
Clean the insides of the dishwasher properly. Be sure to check the insides of your dishwasher at least once a month. Also, make sure that you scrape any food scraps or debris on plates and cutlery before putting them in the washer for cleaning. This measure will keep the filters clean and make cleaning of the machine easier.
To clean the insides of the dishwasher, we have some tips that you should do to do the job well.
First, check the bottom of the dishwasher for food scraps or other kinds of debris. A filter-like mat usually covers the bottom of the machine. It is also known as a coarse filter and its main purpose is to catch large items which can clog the drains and tubes that lead out of the machine.
Second, clean the coarse filter well. Feel some hard to reach areas and remove the cover leading to the drainage reservoir. After removing the cover, reach into the reservoir and scoop out any food or debris caught in it. Wear dishwashing gloves when doing this task because it can be a very dirty job. Debris in the reservoir decomposes and can be sprayed back into your dishes when you turn on the washer, and can also cause biofilm build-up.
Then, remove the ‘fine filter’ located at the bottom of the dishwasher. It is likely that this disk-like tool will be covered by debris that has build-up in your machine. Clean the filter thoroughly to avoid any residue from being sprayed back onto your dishes when you turn the machine on.
The fourth step is to clean the bottom of the dishwasher to remove residue build-up and other debris. Build-up usually occurs under the coarse filter. Lift it up and you will likely see layers of residue that may cover the bottom of the washer. To remove this, create a cleaning paste made with a mixture of vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. Limit the liquids to create a mixture that is perfect for brushing and scrubbing. Spread the paste over the entire base of the machine and let it stay there for half an hour. After, get your plastic or butter knife, and a fine steel wool to scrape and scrub the residue off. Flush out all the waste with clean water. Repeat the process once or twice until the residue is completely gone.
The fifth step, is to clean the door and seals with a toothbrush. A material build-up often plagues the seals and, door of the dishwasher. If this happens, they add up to the dirt that circulates around inside the machine whenever it is washing. To clean these nooks and crannies, use a toothbrush to scrub inside and around the rubber seals. You may do the same to the space connecting the door and the dishwasher’s tub. Also, don’t forget to soak the detergent cup in some vinegar, where build-up often occurs and then scrub away debris from it.
Finally, replace the spray arms and flush the dishwasher with clean water. By now all the gunk is gone and your dishwasher is going to do its job well and work properly as it should. As a preventive measure, always check the machine for debris or material that may be floating around it and remove them to keep the machine working properly. Wipe dishes clean before placing them into the dishwasher to prevent build-up and clogs. Also, use phosphate-free dishwashing cleansers to be environmentally friendly, and regularly clean the machine for any residue it might leave.
We hope our tips will help you clean your dishwashers well. If you need help, call us and we’re more than glad to assist you.