Do I Need to Clean My Dishwasher?

Many people mistakenly believe that since their dishwasher cleans dishes, it also effectively cleans itself. While it is true your dishwasher doesn’t need to be cleaned often, it does require some TLC from time to time.  You can generally tell it is time to clean your dishwasher when you start to notice your glasses remain a bit cloudy after a cleaning cycle. 

Today, the RCH Cleaning team will explain why you need to clean your dishwasher, and we offer some tips to quickly and easily clean it.

Why Do I Need to Clean My Dishwasher?

Yes, it doesn’t necessarily make sense. Your dishwasher uses soap, hot water, and high-pressure sprays with each dishwasher cycle you use. However, your dishwasher is designed to clean the dishes, not itself. Some areas won’t be targeted by the water sprays, and over time food particles and minerals will build up. A thorough cleaning once every three months or so will ensure your dishwasher remains tidy and ready to give you clean dishes each cycle. 

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

  • Begin by emptying your dishwasher. You will need to disassemble a few things in your dishwasher to get started, so take all the dishes out of the racks.
  • Wipe down the edges and seals of the door with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar. The edges are where you will find mineral buildup if you have hard water. A simple cloth rag or sponge should be adequate to clean up any buildup. 
  • Next, remove the bottom dish rack to expose the bottom of your dishwasher. Check for any food particles or hard water build ups. Newer dishwashers will likely have a filter beneath the spinning arms of the machine. You can lift this straight out and rinse the filter with hot water. If the filter is very dirty, you may consider replacing it or, use a toothbrush to scrub the filter until it’s clean. 
  • Pour a cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher. Then close the door and run your dishwasher on the hot/sanitize cycle. This will help to break up any leftover mineral buildup you may have missed. Once the cycle has completed, wipe down the inside of the dishwasher with a rag to remove any residual vinegar. 

Your dishwasher should now be as good as new! Set a reminder to check for mineral buildup in three months; otherwise, simply keep an eye out for foggy glasses to know when it’s time to repeat the process.

Schedule a Professional Cleaning with RCH Cleaning

At RCH Cleaning, our professional staff can meet your residential or commercial cleaning needs. Our team will tailor their cleaning to your specific needs, and we are happy to offer cleaning services for any budget. Call our team in Springfield, MO, at 417-763-8365 for a free cleaning estimate.

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