Why does my dishwasher stink

Your dishwasher stinks, which means your dirty dishes don’t get clean very well anymore. Plus, the foul smells aren’t exactly welcome in your kitchen either. Fortunately, the reasons for a smelly dishwasher are often simple and it’s easy to prevent your dishwasher from smelling.

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Reasons for a smelly dishwasher

The tips below will help you understand why your dishwasher stinks and on what works well to fix it.

Your dishwasher stinks because you left your dirty dishes on too long

The caked-on food residue from your dirty dishes can cause unpleasant odors to come from your dishwasher. Despite being made of materials that don’t easily absorb odor, some nasty smells can actually linger in your dishwasher.

Clogged filters create bad smells

Your dishwasher will start to smell if you don’t clean it regularly. Leftover food particles can clog the filters, preventing the water from draining properly, which causes odors. Cleaning the filters properly is the only solution. You can do this easily with hot water and mild detergents. Clean them regularly afterwards to avoid having the same problem again.

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Cleaning your dishwasher properly

It’s not necessary to buy a new dishwasher right away if you’re suffering from odors. With some baking soda, white vinegar and an intensive program you can remove most odors.

First, make sure the dirty water has drained away. Then put some baking soda on the bottom of the empty dishwasher and throw a good splash of white vinegar on top. Let this soak in for a few minutes and turn on a high temperature program. When the dishwasher stops, the foul odors will be gone.

But prevention is better than cure. To prevent your dishwasher from smelling due to the above causes, clean it regularly. Clean the filters with hot water and wipe the spray arms with Always rinse your dirty dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, too. This will prevent the food residue and odors from causing your dishwasher to smell like wet dog.