How to clean a dishwasher.
Cleaning a dishwasher to some, might seem crazy. After all, you run soap through it every day so it should be pretty much self cleaning , right? Well, not exactly. Your dish washer can become clogged with stubborn soils and mineral deposits. Cleaning it on a regular basis will ensure that it runs trouble free for years to come and continues to clean well. Here is how you clean your home’s dishwasher.
The first thing that you need to do is to prep the dishwasher. Remove any clean dishes that are in it and run the dishwasher through a cycle with no dishes in it. You can also simply clean the appliance after you have just washed a load of dishes and emptied it.
Next, pull the racks out of the dishwasher and take a look at the spinning arms. Check the water passages to make sure that none of them are clogged. If clogged, clear them using a pointed utensil such as a toothpick. Be careful not to damage or scratch the arms.
Now, take a rag and wipe around the door of the machine, using your favorite all purpose cleaner. Pay special attention to the gasket area which has a tendency to gather gunk. Also, be sure to not miss the underside of the door.
You are almost done now. Look at the bottom of the inside of your appliance and look at the screen. Make sure that it is not clogged with debris or old food particles.
Finally, you will remove hard water deposits using a mild acid. The best liquid to use is distilled white vinegar. With the racks in and the dishwasher empty, pour white vinegar into a glass and place it in the machine. Place the glass in the upright position so that the liquid will slowly mix in your dishwasher to remove hard water deposits.