The dishwasher makes cleaning kitchen utensils much easier. However, it is also one of the appliances that accumulates more dirt and grease, something that can generate bad odors.
We teach you how to clean the dishwasher step by step with simple, inexpensive and typical products for any home. The first thing to consider is cleaning the filter , which is the part of the dishwasher that accumulates the most dirt. Sometimes it can even become clogged by food debris and generate bad odors.
For this reason, it is very important that, every time you introduce a plate, you first pass it through water and remove all the solid remains of food that may remain.
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How to clean the dishwasher filter
The dishwasher filter is located on the inside of the dishwasher , under the blades. To remove it, twist and stretch upward. Then, in a container with soap and water, start cleaning it with the help of a brush (it can be a toothbrush that you no longer use) or a tape.
If the filter is very dirty or has never been cleaned, you can soak it in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes . Afterward, pour in soap and a pinch of baking soda . Be careful not to break any of the items you are handling.
When you’re done cleaning the filter, put it back in the dishwasher. The next step will be to create a homemade solution that effectively cleans the entire inside of the appliance.
Cleaning the dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda
The properties of both products will do wonders for dishwasher cleaning. The baking soda will remove the dirt and the vinegar will regain its shine.
Before you start, the dishwasher must be completely empty. After emptying it, pour a glass of vinegar into the dishwasher and, in the pill drawer, add baking soda . Close the pill box tightly and program your usual wash cycle .
Clean the trays
After cleaning the dishwasher with baking soda and vinegar , remove the trays for cleaning . Prepare, in another basin, a solution of a splash of soap and warm water . Clean the trays thoroughly with a cloth, rag or sponge.
Do not forget to clean the cutlery tray, nor the one with the glasses. If you notice that they have a lot of fat , you can help yourself with a homemade lemon-based cleaner , hot water and vinegar . You will not only clean the trays, you will also disinfect them!
Clean the door gasket and rubbers
With a cloth dampened in soap and water, go over the door seal and the rubbers . The rubbers on this appliance also accumulate grease, dirt, and even mold . If you notice that there is mold, prepare a solution of a splash of bleach with cold water and with a cloth or sponge clean the tires .
- Tip : Do not use bleach to wash the inside of the dishwasher if it is stainless steel.
In the market you can find a wide variety of specific products (machine cleaners) to clean the dishwasher . If you opt for this option, it is highly recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions .
Tips for keeping your dishwasher clean
- Do this cleaning once a month if you use the dishwasher often.
- After each wash, open the door so that all the moisture comes out and so that mold or bad odors are not generated in your appliance.
- Remove all leftover food from dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Clean your dishwasher filter once every two weeks . Once a month if its use is not recurrent.
- Place lemon peels and other citrus fruits on the silverware tray to set the mood for this appliance. Change the skins every three to four washes.