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How often should you clean your dishwasher?


It’s such a strange idea to clean an appliance that cleans other things. However, a dishwasher is something that collects grease, soap scum, and food debris build-up over periods of time. Are you thinking to yourself, when was the last time I cleaned the dishwasher? While also imagining all the germs and build-up that might be stuck in there. Well, not to worry, cleaning your dishwasher can be done in three easy steps.

How often should you clean your dishwasher

  1. Clean the drain: How you will need to proceed is by clearing the racks of any dishes first off and then removing the bottom rack for easy access to the drain. With the pathway clear, you will need to remove any gunk or potential food that was stuck.
    1. Benefits: improving the drainage, increasing the efficiency of cleaning, and preventing unneeded damage to the dishwasher.
  2. Vinegar: Again, make sure the dishwasher is clear. Place one cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Next, run the dishwasher on a hot-water-cycle.
    1. Benefits: This will wash away any grease and grime and will help remove any musty odors in the process.
  3. Baking Soda: You read correctly, sprinkling one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher (hopefully you learned and the dishwasher is clear of anything). This time run the dishwasher on a short, hot-water-cycle.
    1. Benefits: Your dishwasher will be smelling fresh and should have a brightened, stain-free interior.

You should try to clean your dishwasher every six months or if you notice the dishwasher is starting to smell or look like it’s collecting any build-up.

If you have any questions, here is a link from explain the process and more!

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