Imagine how messy your kitchen would be with unwashed dishes and bowls if your dishwasher breaks down! Washing those utensils & dishes manually can be cumbersome.
You can stay away from such tricky situations by taking good care of your dishwasher. We have provided below, a simple list for maintaining the appliance. This guide will not only help you to reduce maintenance expenses but also increase the life of the dish washer.
Even if you have an appliance warranty plan, warranty companies expect you to maintain your appliances in good condition before carrying out any repair related work.
Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
If you have been using your dishwasher regularly, then frequent cleaning is not recommended for the interiors of the dish washer. Fortunately, dishwashers don’t need cleaning very often and it’s not hard to clean them.
When you decide to clean them, follow the steps below.
Firstly, empty the dishwasher completely. The steps that follow should be performed when the dishwasher is empty.
Check all the spinning arms. Look to make sure all the holes are open so that water can run through them freely.
Clear any debris out of the holes in spinning arms. Use fine pointed or needle-nose pliers if you have some. Otherwise, try a toothpick or something similar. Take care not to scratch anything if you’re using a tool with a metal point.
Wipe around the edges of the door and around the gasket. Use a damp cloth and, if you like, a mild spray cleaner. An old toothbrush or other soft, household brush can help get into corners and up under the gasket.
Clean under the bottom of the door. In some dishwashers, this is a dead spot where water doesn’t go, so it can accumulate debris. Wipe this off.
Inspect the bottom of your dishwasher around the drain. There will be a grate or grill under the arm. This is where waste water exits. Look for debris clogging up this area. You shouldn’t have to clean this often if you’re careful about what you put in your dishwasher, but you should remove any solid matter that builds up, especially bits of food, shards of broken dishes, gravel, etc. You may be able to pick up solid objects accumulated on the outside by hand.
Remove hard water deposits or scale, if needed. Run one cycle of your dishwasher empty, with a mild, food acid of your choice. Avoid using bleach and detergents containing bleach if your dishwasher has a stainless steel interior or door.
Spray the front of your dishwasher with a mild spray cleaner of your choice and wipe it with a sponge or soft cloth. Pay particular attention to the controls and the handle. Also, don’t miss the little ledge between panels. It tends to collect dirt.
Refill your dishwasher’s rinse aid dispenser about once per month. Rinse aid helps to prevent spots on your dishes.
The above simple maintenance tips can make your dishwasher run efficiently and reliably. They also help in extending the life span of your dishwasher leading to prevention of high replacement or repair bills.
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No, Nadya, don't use bleach. It attacks things like seals and gaskets!
Nadya Santiago 25-01-2011
I always run my dishwasher full. My daughter is a plumber and she comes to clean the filter for me as my arms are to short to reach it. A little bleach keeps the washer clean and smelling nice.
I am trying to find out what mixture to put in the dishwasher when it is not going to be used for awhile. There is a mixture of bleach or baking soda to put in the dishwasher to keep a seal from drying out.