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How To Clean A Dishwasher

Cleaning a dishwasher is an important process to prolong its lifespan and keep it working at its best. If you’d like added peace of mind, dishwasher insurance cover at Home Emergency Assist ensures you’re fully protected if your appliance breaks down.

Please note, we can only give you basic advice on this page to do the job yourself. Make sure you use the right tools and protective equipment to avoid hurting yourself or damaging your home.

How to clean a dishwasher

Here are our simple steps for how to clean a dishwasher:

  1. Detach the bottom dish rack inside the dishwasher. Then, take a look at the dishwasher drain to determine the extent of the dirt
  2. Clean any food or grime caught in the drain. This will significantly improve your dishwasher’s efficiency, allowing water to flow through with ease
  3. To give your dishwasher a deep clean, white vinegar does a great job. Simply pour some white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the top rack
  4. Run a hot water cycle through your dishwasher, helping to wash away grime and any nasty odours
  5. Remove any stubborn stains and give your dishwasher a lasting freshness by running a short, hot water cycle with the addition of baking soda. Simply scatter baking soda along the bottom of your dishwasher before starting the cycle.

There are also plenty of ways to look after your dishwasher in between deep cleans, such as:

  • Clean any food remains that may be lingering in your dishwasher daily. For example, when lumps of food fall of plates and have nowhere to go. A good tip is to rinse any particularly dirty crockery before placing it in the dishwasher to prevent build up. Don’t rinse too carefully though, as dishwashers are more effective when they can detect food!
  • Use a damp sponge to remove any surface stains on the interior or exterior of the dishwasher door
  • Remove the filter on a weekly basis to give it a good rinse. A clogged and dirty filter can prevent your dishwasher from doing its job properly

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