Many people take it for granted that a dishwasher which is an appliance to wash our dirty dishes and plates will always be clean. However this is a myth, in fact if it is not cleaned regularly it would smell like the sewer. The amount of grease, dirt and soapy residue which gets accumulated inside it makes it all jammed inside. It is a cleaning appliance for sure but if regular cleaning of the appliance is not done, even the plates and dishes will not come out of it as sanitised as expected. Therefore it is very important to take care of it and give it proper care and maintenance which it requires in order to give the expected service in return. You must know how to clean dishwasher the right way in order to extend its lifespan.
A few methods and tips can help you clean a dishwasher using a few ingredients from your very own kitchen. You can use the vinegar and baking soda method to clean your dishwasher. Vinegar and baking soda are very commonly used in the kitchen and are easily available. They have varied use in a household. If combined together, they will help make the dishwasher as good as a new one. At first, soak your dishwasher’s filter in a soapy solution for about 10 minutes. Replace it with a cup of vinegar and put it at the bottom and run the heavy cleaning cycle. Similarly when done with it, line some baking powder at the bottom and leave overnight. The next morning run the heavy cleaning cycle and your dishwasher will smell and look as fresh as new.
Another method which helps you clean the dishwasher is the borax method. The chemical name of borax is sodium borate it is quite cheap. The bottom floor, the inside and the glass door of the dishwasher can be scrubbed using borax and a dampened cloth. You can use a wet rag to clean the remaining borax. Before running the next cleaning cycle, use a little borax at the bottom of the dishwasher and place your dishes and detergent as usual and run it. This will clean your dishwasher and also make it smell good.
There are other ways of cleaning a dishwasher. You will need some tools and time to complete the task. However regular cleaning will make your job easier and you will not need much time for cleaning up your dishwasher. Before taking up cleaning, empty the dishwasher completely. The spinning holes must be checked for dirt or debris and cleaned using toothpicks or needle. Wash the grate with soapy water and wipe the bottom where food particles get collected and clear it all. Remove the filter if you have and clean it properly. The door seal must be wiped using vinegar and a toothbrush if needed and the utensil racks must be washed thoroughly and placed back in the dishwasher. Now you can run an empty cleaning cycle using vinegar, stop in the middle and let the vinegar stay there for 20 minutes and then switch it on and complete the cycle. You have successfully cleaned the dishwasher.