You should not always assume that a dishwasher is clean. Dirt may not display on the surface but it sure is dirty. It needs to be washed regularly so that foul odors will not disturb your kitchen serenity because a kitchen should always be clean and fresh so as to avoid diseases. The dishwasher hides dirt in the filters. The dirt is mainly grease, grime, food particles and maybe gravel. The best way to maintain a clean dishwasher is by practicing proper waste disposal before loading dishes into the dishwasher. Loading dishes with a lot of food remains causes blockage of the drain. Once the dishwasher drain is affected, your sink will be affected too because they share one draining system. In order to avoid all this trouble, just be disciplined in cleaning your dishwasher. Another way to avoid too much dirt is by running hot water before loading dishes. Okay now, let’s say your dishwasher is dirty to an extent of being malodorous, here is how you can effectively clean it.
Start by removing the bottom layer so as to access both the drain and the filter. Remove the filter and soak it in war soapy water for up to ten minutes, wash it and replace it. Observe the drain for any chunks and remove them. The chunks could be bones, eggshells and even food remains. Pour a cupful white vinegar all over the dishwasher and leave it overnight. Vinegar will act by removing grease and grime. Vinegar has antiseptic properties so it will also sanitize the dishwasher. Another benefit of vinegar is that it removes odor. In the morning, run a full hot water cycle on the dishwasher.
Sprinkle baking soda over the dishwasher and leave it for twenty minutes after which you will run a short cycle of very hot water. Baking soda is known for its bleaching properties so it will help in getting rid of stains inside the dishwasher. If the stains do not come out, you can use a bleach of your choice, soak it for a few minutes and scrub with a toothbrush and a warm soapy solution. A toothbrush in this case is used because it is small and can reach the tiny corners in the dishwasher to remove dirt and stains. Keeping your dishwasher clean is essential because you minimize damage to both the utensils and the drain.
The same way a dishwasher makes our work easier, we should make its work easier by cleaning it and saving it from unnecessary repairs due to damages caused by dirt. Remember also that the cleaning technique depends on the type of dishwasher. Steel dishwashers are easy to clean because any detergent can work and they don’t easily get stained. The only problem with steel dishwashers is scum accumulation. Dishwashers with white parts are hard to clean if they are stained, you may require rounds and rounds of bleaching so if you have this type of dishwasher, you better clean it more frequently.