A dishwasher's very existence is to clean your dirty dishes, so it's probably not the first (or second) place that you'd think of when it comes time to clean your kitchen. It is necessary to give this appliance some scrubbing from time to time. Here are a few ways to do so:
You'd think that a dishwasher would naturally clean itself as it takes the food particles off your plates and bowls. In reality, it can use a good soak in something other than soap. This is where vinegar comes in. Dishwashers have a filter that keeps food particles from getting into the system. Remove this and soak it in white vinegar for 10 minutes. Then, put the filter back and add a cup of vinegar to the bottom of the appliance. Turn on the heavy cleaning cycle and let the acidic bubbles do their job. You'll be happy to find that funky smell is gone when you open the door after the wash cycle is complete.
Take it apart
There are small parts of your dishwasher that need to be cleaned by hand. To start, remove the racks by gently pulling them off their tracks. This gives you easy access to the bottom part where the spinning mechanism helps disperse water throughout the device. Use a toothpick to gently pick out any detritus that you can spot in the holes where the water comes out. Next, take a look at the drain. This part is complex and therefore can get food bits stuck in it. Use a toothbrush or your fingers to remove any particles or debris that you spot. You can even scrub it with a toothbrush, a little water and some baking soda. Also give the utensil holder a good hand washing. Now, put the racks back in and enjoy your freshly scoured dishwasher.
Is it time to replace?
If your dishwasher is past its prime and you’re ready to have a new dishwasher installed, watch this video. Otherwise, remember that one of Roto-Rooter’s professional plumbers can install or repair a dishwasher for you so you’ll have the confidence that it was done right and will serve you well for years to come.