How To Clean Your Dishwasher

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Your dishwasher will need maintenance and cleaning every once in a while to keep it working like new. Calcium and other fine gritty residue can build up on your dishwasher from use over time. If you take the time to clean it, you'll notice that it will clean your dishes better, without leaving any food particles. See below for some helpful tips on how to clean your dishwasher.

Soap Matters

Use the granular dish detergent, rather than the gel form. The gel can leave a residue on your glasses and will likely leave one on the interior of your dishwasher as well. The granular dish detergent cleans the best, and most times is the best deal.

Sprayer Arms

Remove the spinning sprayer arms from your dishwasher using a nut driver. Inspect the sprayers to see if they are clogged with calcium or other residue. Soak them in a white vinegar and water mixture for about ten minutes. If the residue is still clogging your sprayers, use a piece of wire or a toothpick to try and carefully unclog the sprayer holes. 


Your dishwasher has a filter to catch larger food particles, stickers found on glassware and other debris from going into your drain. You'll need to inspect these filters, which are located at the bottom of your dishwasher. Remove them using a screwdriver and look at the undersides. If you notice gritty residue, clean them with a vinegar and water soak. Add baking soda and scrub them with a toothbrush to help remove the buildup.

Dishwasher Basin

Your dishwasher basin will also need to be cleaned. The area at the bottom beneath the filters may have a hard water and scaly buildup, which will probably be disgusting. Don't be alarmed, you can remove it using your baking soda and a soft scrub brush. Add your vinegar and water mixture to help loosen up the residue and remove what you can. You may need a garbage can nearby if you have a lot of excess buildup. Wipe down the walls of your dishwasher and take out your utensil holder. Inspect it for food particles and clean it using a mild dish soap.

Cleaning your dishwasher is worth the effort, as it can help your machine clean more effectively. Nobody wants to take their dishes out of the dishwasher only to have to clean them by hand. It defeats the purpose of having a dishwasher. Maintaining and cleaning your dishwasher will eliminate this need. If you need help with repairs, contact an appliance repair shop like Appliance Service Co Inc.