Why is it important to clean your dishwasher?
In our previous article, we wrote about how washing machines need extra cleaning from time to time, and the same goes for dishwashers. You would think that these machines clean themselves, as they work with detergent and water. Unfortunately, this does not make the dirt and scale disappear by itself. This in turn affects the performance of the appliance, and can make our household appliances a source of unpleasant odours.
To avoid this, there are various practices you can apply:
Clean the filters! After all, the filters can become clogged with food residue washed off the dishes. Most devices have an internal and external filter, the removal of which can vary from machine to machine. If you are not sure how to remove the filters, check the instruction manual! It’s a good idea to do this weekly to avoid a lot of residue getting into the structure!
Wipe the rubber seals clean! Dirt can also build up between the dishwasher door and the seals, which can lead to weakening of the rubber and then leakage over time. It is therefore advisable to wipe the rubber seal frequently, using a damp microfibre MicroUNI cloth! As with filter cleaning, this should also be done weekly.
Clean the spray arms! Clogged dishwasher arms can leave your dishes dirty, so remove the arms every six months and make sure they don’t have any blocked holes!
Finally, do a deep cleaning! After a while, washed-up food residue can hide in some inaccessible places, making the dishwasher a source of unpleasant odours. In such cases, a deeper cleaning is needed, which can be done in two ways. If you normally use the appliance in some kind of „eco” or economy mode, you are not using hot water. Therefore, run a program on the highest heat setting on empty, which most often helps to eliminate deposits. If that doesn’t work, pour about half a litre of vinegar into the bottom of the machine and start a normal program. Then, to remove the vinegar residue, repeat the process, this time using washing soda! Put about 25 grams of washing soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and start a normal program.
Pro tip: It’s worth doing the above steps every few months, so we always get our cutlery, glasses and plates back shiny and clean!
These steps can eliminate unpleasant odours, food residue or possible water scale deposits and make your dishwasher look like new!