It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that kitchen appliances need to be cleaned regularly. Even dishwashers, whose sole job it is to clean, will need periodic attention to deal with bits of food and grease, undissolved dishwasher detergent and limescale that build up over time. This should be part of your basic kitchen hygiene.
Not giving your dishwasher the necessary TLC can result in unpleasant smells, while the gunk that accumulates inside the machine can even find its way onto your dinnerware and glassware – not a nice idea. What’s more, regular cleaning helps to prolong the life of your appliance including important parts such as the filter and the pump that could be costly to repair.
Luckily, keeping your dishwasher sparkling clean is not difficult. We’ve put together 3 steps you should be taking.
Every day: Clean off food debris
Whether you’re having a new kitchen fitted with an integrated dishwasher, or you have an existing freestanding appliance, it’s a good idea to practise good hygiene on a daily basis. Wipe or rinse off excess food from dirty plates before putting them into the machine. Remove paper labels from new items too. Prevention is always better than cure!
Next, get into the daily habit of checking for food debris inside the machine after each dishwashing cycle. Pull out the bottom rack and look for anything that may have fallen into the bottom and use a paper towel to remove it.
Once a week: Clean the interior and filter
As part of your general kitchen cleaning routine, take a damp cloth and wipe the inside surface of your dishwasher, particularly around the door edges where dirt may have built up. While you’re there, give the outside of the door, including the handle and any dishwasher controls, a once over too.
Lift out the filter at the bottom of the machine below the spray arm, empty and rinse out anything trapped in there with hot running water. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the mesh screen and plastic frame free of stuck-on dirt, then lock the filter back into place.
Once a month: Deep clean your dishwasher
To keep on top of any nasty niffs appearing, and to make any particles and detergent residue are fully removed, your dishwasher should be cleaned properly about once a month. Check your supermarket for special dishwasher cleaning tablets (not the same as dishwashing tablets!) and pop one into the detergent compartment.
Alternatively, you can simply use distilled white vinegar to do the same job. Fill two cups with the vinegar and place them on the top rack. Then put the dishwasher on a normal cycle and run empty and without adding detergent.
Make cleaning your dishwasher a regular part of your kitchen cleaning regime and notice the difference! For advice on installing and caring for your dishwasher, please contact the friendly, knowledgeable sales team at Price Kitchens.