The other day, I was unloading my dishwasher, when all of a sudden I saw a nasty rust-colored splat on the inside of the door. Eeewww! What in the world? (I eventually traced the mess to a cheap pan with a lip that held water and then spilled it back out rusty.) Got rid of that pan and got to cleaning my dishwasher up…and then I started looking around for any more junk inside the dishwasher. Might as well get them all cleaned up at once, right?
The funny thing was, not even a whole day later, I was contacted by blogger Pheeby Snow, who wanted to do a guest post on “How to Deal With a Dirty Dishwasher”. Perfect! I jumped at the chance! So, without further ado…here’s Pheeby!
Nowadays, the kitchen appliances, and the dishwasher in particular, can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend in doing the house chores. Instead of doing the dishes by hand, you just put them into the dishwasher and you start performing another activity. However, having relatively clean dishes doesn’t necessarily mean that the dishwasher itself is clean too. As a matter of fact, it needs regular cleaning in order to work properly. When you have a day or two off work, you probably concentrate on vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing the bathroom and the dishwasher cleaning is, understandably, not among your top priorities. Take your time and get it clean – you will be amazed by the difference it makes.
You don’t have to rush to the store and buy expensive specialized cleaning detergents. You can achieve the same excellent results with home made detergents and some extra motivation and patience. Let’s get started:
- First of all – take all the holders and racks out.
- Make your own dishwasher cleaning detergent: a mixture of warm water, dishwashing liquid and lemon juice. Divide the mixture into two buckets. Soak the holders and racks into the first one and allow and hour or two for soaking. Then, clean them up with a damp microfiber cloth. The other part of the cleaning detergent will be used for cleaning the inside part of the dishwasher. In case the food particles are too stubborn, take a toothpick and carefully remove them from the dishwasher walls.
- The outside parts of the dishwasher need some attention as well. In order to make them sparkling clean you can use the old known mixture of vinegar, baking soda and lukewarm water. Damp a microfiber rag and treat the areas around the gasket, the door etc.
- In case you haven’t used your dishwasher recently, the possibility to see mold and mildew inside it is pretty high. This issue can easily be solved with inexpensive detergents. If your dishwasher doesn’t have any parts made of stainless steel, don’t hesitate to use bleach that will completely remove any mold and mildew traces. Add a reasonable amount of bleach and run the dishwasher. When the washing cycle is completed, don’t close the door for a few hours.
- The rust accumulation is something you just can’t prevent. One of the common reasons for having a rusty dishwasher is the quality of the tap water, Brockley perfect tenancy clean says. Yet, you can take some actions for reducing the bad impact it has on your appliance: try the water softeners that can be found in every supermarket. If you can see large areas of rust inside your dishwasher, then it’s time to replace the affected shelves with new ones.
A very convenient cleaning method is running the dishwasher empty. The procedure will remove a great part of the debris accumulated. Adding some vinegar is recommended as well. There is one small but important detail though. Stop the dishwasher in the middle of the cycle so the vinegar soak at the bottom for an hour.
Well, it seems like the dishwasher maintenance can be pretty tricky. The dishwasher needs cleaning just like any other appliance in your home – the oven, the fridge, the microwave. The more often you clean it, the less time you will waste. And the best of all is that it will serve you right for years to come.
Repeat these actions at least once a month and you will enjoy the excellent performance of your dishwasher for a really long time. Your efforts will undoubtedly pay off.
Thanks a bunch, Pheeby! Since my dishwasher is just over a year old, there’s not too much nastiness going on inside there yet – I plan on making time to run my dishwasher empty (with some vinegar) on a regular basis to keep it that way! Also, when we purchased our home, our realtor gifted us a home warranty, which was so very kind. After reading the home warranty reviews for the policy she provided us, I found out our dishwasher is covered! It’s nice to have that peace of mind, as well.
How do YOU clean your dishwasher? What do you think of the tips above?