The Care and Keeping of Your Dishwasher


A dishwasher is used to clean your family’s dishes every day, however you probably don’t ever think about cleaning it. Most people think that this appliance is cleaned with each use but actually that is not the case. Food and other debris collect on the inside of the machine and can build up over time. This buildup can cause the dishwasher to become dirty and can cause it to perform poorly. There are a few things that you can do to keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your dishwasher will keep it running smoothly and will make sure that your dishes are spotless with each wash. One of the most important things to do is to use your dishwasher on a regular basis. Using it more frequently will make sure that any debris inside the machine will not settle at the bottom which will reduce the need for cleaning. However, periodically you will need to clean the appliance thoroughly by following these steps:

  1. Empty the dishwasher – Run the dishwasher through a normal cycle and then remove all of the dishes making sure that the inside is empty. This will allow you to have easy access to the inside and allow you to clean it properly
  2. Clean and Inspect the Spinning Arms – Your dishwasher operates by spraying water via the spinning arms. If the arms are not spinning properly or the holes in them are clogged then your dishes will not be cleaned. You will want to check the openings in the arms and clear any debris using a toothpick, piece of wire or pliers to remove any clog, which will allow the water to flow freely. You will also want to make sure that the arms spin freely and correctly.
  3. Clean the edges and exterior – After cleaning the inside, you will want to clean off any buildup that may be on the edges of the dishwasher to make sure that the door is closing properly and is able to be sealed to allow proper cleaning. The edges are not washed during the regular use of the dishwasher and often collect debris that builds up. This can be cleaned by using any regular household cleaner and a cloth. Make sure to wipe underneath the door, all flatware baskets and the soap dispenser.
  4. Clean the Drain – the drain to the dishwasher is located at the bottom and is often a place where food can build up. If you do not clean this debris out it can cause a clog and create unpleasant odor. Simply clean the area by removing anything in the drain so that the dishwasher can work properly.

In addition to regular use and an occasional thorough cleaning you should run your empty dishwasher with an acid to remove water deposits and buildup to make sure that your dishes continue to come out sparkly and not dingy. You can use lemon juice, lemonade or vinegar by placing it in the detergent dispenser. All of these tips can help you keep your dishwasher running smoothly.

At Richardson Plumbing located in Florence, KY we can help you with dishwasher maintenance and taking care of your dishwasher and all other appliances. Contact us for all of your plumbing needs as we proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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