Dishwashers are one of the greatest inventions of the modern world. They reliably and painlessly clean our dirtiest dishes…or at least they should be. Are you noticing your dishwasher isn’t giving you the same results it once did? Before you blame the machine, it might be time to give your trusty friend a good clean. Believe it or not, dishwashers need to be cleaned from time to time to ensure their longevity.
Over time, grease, soap, scum and food debris build up in dishwashers. This provides the perfect environment for germs to grow while reducing the efficiency of the appliance. Imagine you’re washing your dirty dishes in a slurry of old food and germs over and over. Eventually, something’s gotta stick (pun intended).
Here is an easy and effective method to give your dishwasher the boost it desperately needs.
Step 1: Clear the Drain
Remove the bottom dish rack. Inspect the dishwasher drain, rinse and remove all debris. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.
Step 2: Vinegar Wash
Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine, then run through the sanitize cycle. The vinegar helps wash away grease, grime and odors.
Step 3: Rinse
Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short hot water cycle. The machine will smell fresh and look bright and clean.
Regularly implement this method to improve the life and cleaning power of your dishwasher. Once you’ve tried it out, let us know how it worked for you!