How to clean your dish washing machine?
The amazing dishwashing machine in your kitchen that cleans dishes needs to be cleaned regularly. Over time, food debris, grease, undissolved detergent and water minerals build up in dishwashers. Not only does this provide a breeding ground for bacteria, but it can also damage the dishwasher’s filter and pump, reducing the efficiency of the appliance.
Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you clean the dishwasher:
1. Remove and clean the filter: Remove the bottom dish rack and remove the filter found below the bottom spray arm. Remove any gunk or food lying there. Rinse the filter under hot water. Use a soft toothbrush to clean the food debris stuck in the crevices. Once it is clean, put it back in its place. This will improve drainage and increase the dishwasher’s cleaning efficiency. If you are not sure whether your dishwashing machine’s filter is located, read the manufacturer’s manual.
2. Run a hot water cycle with vinegar: Pour white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container. Place it on the upper rack of the machine. Set the dishwasher to run on a hot water cycle. The vinegar not only breaks down the remaining bits of food, grease, soap scum and residue but it also deodorises the appliance and removes the musty odour.
3. Rinse it with baking soda: When the first cycle ends, remove the bowl. Now, sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short and hot water cycle. The baking soda helps in removing stains and foul smell.
4. Wipe the exterior body of the dishwasher: With a damp cloth, wipe away any spots that may have settled onto the door or door edges or handles. Use a cleaner formulated for your dishwasher’s outer body. Using an appropriate cleaner ensures a streak-free shine. Do not use abrasive cleaners or scrub pads that can scratch the surface of the dishwasher.
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