Cleaning the dishwasher

Cleaning your dishwasher is very important. This is how you make sure it keeps working properly and you will not be bothered by unpleasant odors either. On this page you can read what to do to keep your dishwasher in good condition.

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How to clean a dishwasher

Cleaning a dishwasher only takes ten minutes and you follow these steps to do so:

Step 1: Empty the dishwasher

Empty your dishwasher. You can leave the racks in though, so they will be clean right away too. If you search on the internet for cleaning the dishwasher you will also find sources that say you should take out the racks. The choice is entirely up to you, but keep in mind that you will have to clean the racks by hand.

Step 2: Clean the filter

Remove the filter from the dishwasher and remove any food residue left behind. Wash the parts of the filter separately with a damp cloth and a little detergent. You can also then place the filter in a bowl of boiling water, a teaspoon of baking soda and half a lemon. Put the filter back together and place it back in the dishwasher.

Step 3: Check the baking soda

Every dishwasher has a round button on the bottom where the baking soda reservoir is located. This keeps calcium deposits from getting on your glasses. Check that there is still enough baking soda in the reservoir and replenish it if necessary.

Step 4: Run the dishwasher with machine cleaner

There are several products available specifically designed to clean your dishwasher. Most brands that offer dishwasher tablets also have a vial of detergent in the range. You place this in one of the racks and then the liquid will clean your dishwasher.

Step 5: Dry the inside

Once the empty dishwasher has run the program with the detergent, it then proceeds to dry. Once the program is finished, open the door and use a soft cloth to wipe down the inside. Dry the dishwasher thoroughly to make sure no dirt sticks to it. Don’t forget the rubber edges on the side, where dirt often gets stuck. Now your dishwasher is clean!

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Why you need to clean a dishwasher

You need to clean your dishwasher to make sure it keeps working properly. This is because all the leftover food particles that come from your dirty dishes can get stuck in the machine, and if that builds up, you’ll suffer from blockages. The dirt can get into the pump, for example, which prevents the water from draining properly.

As a result, your dirty dishes will no longer be cleaned properly or water will remain at the bottom of the dishwasher, causing it to smell. In the worst case, such a blockage will even cause you to stop using your dishwasher altogether. Cleaning your dishwasher regularly ensures that it will function properly for longer and you will always have perfectly clean dishes.

When to clean your dishwasher

There are two things that indicate very clearly that it’s time to clean your dishwasher.

Your dirty dishes won't get clean anymore

It’s time to clean your dishwasher properly if your dirty dishes no longer come out of the dishwasher completely clean. This is because there is a good chance that the spray arms or filter are clogged with debris, preventing the water from passing through the dishwasher properly.

Unpleasant odors coming from your dishwasher

A second indication that it’s time to clean your dishwasher properly is when your dishwasher smells. In that case, the pump or drain hose is probably clogged, preventing the dirty dishwater from draining properly. It then stays at the bottom of your dishwasher and that starts to smell. Cleaning your dishwasher will make the bad smells disappear quickly.

Always make sure you rinse your dirty dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, this will reduce the chance of food residue being left behind! Keep your dishwasher clean by cleaning your dishwasher following these steps.