Dishwasher Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

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Your dishwasher does a lot of housework throughout the year. Especially come summer time and around the holidays, we invite our friends and family over more often. It’s important to regularly wash your dishwasher to keep up with the hustle and bustle of your home, or else you might notice strange odors and specs on your dinnerware.

If you’re worried about your essential home appliances failing, you’re not alone. That’s why we offer home warranty coverage on dishwashers, garbage disposals, refrigerators, and stoves, too.

After all, your dishwasher does a lot of work for you. It’s important not to not take this appliance for granted. If you’d rather not go back to hand washing every plate, bowl and spoon, maintain this appliance mechanically as well as give it a thorough cleaning.

4 Ways to Keep Your Dishwasher from Breaking

Cleaning your dishwasher is simple and can be done a few ways. Follow our tips below to clean your own.

1. Proactively rinse and properly load your dishes

The first step to cleaning your dishes isn’t to place them right in the dishwasher. While this may seem obvious, it’s important to rinse your dishes to keep food particles from getting stuck in the mechanical parts of your dishwasher.

In addition, don’t overload your dishwasher. This will keep water and soap from reaching all areas of your dishes and could cause you to wash them by hand once you go to use them.

2. Clean the dishwasher filter

Your dishwasher most likely contains a trap at the bottom to catch large food particles from washing down the drain. It may look like a mesh screen that can be shaken out and rinsed in the sink. It may also look like a grate above the drain hole, or for more modern dishwashers, there could be a device which catches the food particles the same way and must be removed, cleaned and replaced.

Check around where the water seems to drain to see your dishwasher’s filter.

3. Check the spray arms

If your home taps into hard water, there is likely a lot of mineral buildup around the spinning parts of your washing machine which spray water. This can also happen over time from food particles. Use a pipe cleaner around the holes and consider soaking the arms in vinegar if there’s especially bad buildup.

Be careful moving the arms of your dishwasher as they are not meant to be removed easily and you could have to remove them to truly get a good clean. You may find that there is an issue with your spray arms that requires assistance. When you have a home warranty plan, we’ll get you in touch with a service technician to handle mechanical issues in no time.

4. Run a load with just vinegar

To run a load that will rinse away grime build up, fill a bowl with vinegar and place it on the top shelf. Pour some of the vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher as well. Then, run your dishwasher empty of any dishes. This will help break down any dirt or debris so once the load is done, you can take a clean cloth and wipe down the inner surfaces easily.