Top tips to clean your dishwasher
For many who use dishwashers and integrated dishwashers, having visibly clean dishes is all that’s necessary. Unfortunately, dishwashing appliances should be cleaned periodically as well to ensure that dishes and utensils are completely sanitary when removed from the dishwasher. An unclean dishwasher means unclean dishes. Here are some tips on how to keep dishwashing appliances from accumulating too much unwanted debris.
1. Inspecting the Drain
Dishwashers use drains located near the bottom of the appliance to remove water that accumulates through the dishwashing process. If debris or particles of food are clogging the drain, the flow of waste water out of the dishwasher will be disrupted. If this happens, filthy water may remain in the dishwasher for an extended period of time, allowing bacteria and mould to grow. At times, vacuum cleaners may be used to remove dry, unwanted debris from drains.
2. Using the dishwasher
Running your dishwasher periodically and often can prevent unwanted mould and bacteria from cultivating in the dishwasher. By using it frequently enough, the life span of the appliances is preserved.
3. Cleaning the spinning arms
The spinning arms of a dishwasher are used to spray streams of clean water onto the dishes. The water comes through small holes located on the arms of the spinners. If these holes are clogged with debris such as particles of food and waste, the water that comes through is contaminated. Also, if the holes are very clogged, water may not come through forcefully enough, resulting not only in a dirty dishwasher but in unclean and unsanitary dishes and utensils as well.
4. After Usage cleaning
After a load of dishes is removed from the dishwasher, run the washer through one more cycle. Make sure that the dishwasher is completely empty and that the heat settings are appropriately adjusted. Doing this will eliminate mould and bacteria buildup along the sides and in the drain of the appliance.
5. Using cleaning supplies
Cleaning supplies can accelerate the cleaning process for dishwashing appliances. Using a table spoon of bleach while running the dishwasher on empty serves to kill 99 percent of unwanted bacteria. Also, filling a cup with vinegar and running the dishwasher for a full cycle serves to disinfect and sanitize the dishwasher’s surfaces thoroughly.
Finally, it is necessary to give dishwashers a good old fashioned scrubbing occasionally. The sides and doors of the dishwasher can benefit from a cleaning, reducing the buildup of lime scale, mould, rust, discoloration, and tough or greasy foods and stains.