Smells, greasy residue, stuck-on food… A home’s dishwasher sometimes needs a good cleaning to do its job effectively. Do you know the tricks to get it spotless?
To remove bad smells (that can sometimes stink-up the house) or to restore it to its original look, several methods can be used. Here are the proven ones!
1— The Toothpick, An Essential Tool!
It’s not always easy to get to all the places wedged with dirt. That’s why toothpicks will become your best friends! Use them to remove all the pieces of food that are stuck in the rotating arms (the propeller). If you don’t have a toothpick, opt for tweezers. Finish with a damp cloth soaked in soap to wash the rotating arms thoroughly.
2— Filters Like New
It is also important to clean the filters regularly. They become gooey and filled with waste as the weeks go by. These are usually at the bottom of the washer and their job is to catch food and crumbs. These filters usually come out easily. If not, unplug your device and unscrew the part connected to the filter. Once in the sink, let it soak in hot water for a few minutes. Then, using a toothbrush or another type of hard bristle brush, rub the sides with soap (you can use dish soap).
3— Flawless Baskets
Cleaning the baskets inside the dishwasher (such as those used for utensils) is often a forgotten task. Take them out and clean them with a brush, soap, or white vinegar. Don’t forget to get into every crack (it takes a long time, but it’s worth it!).
4— Inside Walls: How to Wash Them
To remove all odors, it is crucial to clean the inside of the door and inside walls of the dishwasher. All you’ll need is a sponge, all-purpose cleaner and your muscles to get the job done.
5- Super Clean Seals
The seals on this machine can become dull and clogged over time. They are also constantly exposed to moisture and accumulate dirt. As a result, mold could grow. Use a toothbrush and all-purpose cleaner and scrub them until they shine.
6— A Hot Water Cycle
Now that you’ve washed all its components, let the dishwasher finish cleaning itself! Start a long hot water cycle (the machine must be empty). You can put white vinegar in the soap tank (or directly in the tank): 250mL should be enough. It will have a decalcifying effect and will eliminate bad odors. There are also tablets or liquids specially designed for cleaning dishwashers.
We hope that this routine will get rid of odors and dirt. Repeat at the beginning of each season to keep your dishwasher spotless!