Your dishwasher’s job is to clean your dining and cooking ware so it’s safe to assuming that it cleans itself, right?
I made this mistake with my first dishwasher and ended up with many stains and residue on the inside of my dishwasher’s walls. Turns out that the grease and food it cleans out doesn’t magically disappear and can also get stuck in your appliance. To combat this, there are two things you need to do every time you run a load:
- The disposal drainage is usually linked to the dishwasher, so keep the disposal clear to help keep your dishwasher clean.
- It’s critical to keep the drain beneath the lower rack clear. When you unload your clean dishes, always check to see if any large food particles settled there, and remove them so they don’t rot and contribute to smells or clog drainage. Spritz the drain with white vinegar between washes to help keep it fresh.
Cleaning your dishwasher is also actually very simple!
The Big Secret: A Cup of White Vinegar
Every few weeks, fill a dishwasher-safe mug two-thirds full with white vinegar, and place on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the normal cycle with hot water for extra sterilization. The vinegar loosens soap scum, food particles, and grease from the dishwasher’s walls and racks and washes down the drain. That’s all you need to do.
Found at DIYNetwork.com
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