Don’t think that just because your dishwasher is cleaning the dishes that it is simultaneously cleaning itself. Yes, the dirt, grime and leftover food particles are being removed from the dishes, but they have to go somewhere. If you neglect the upkeep of your dishwasher, then you could soon experience more than just a dirty appliance. 

When you open your dishwasher, are you hit with a foul smell? Does it appear that mold is growing between the cracks? Are your dishes coming out of the dishwasher in less than perfect shape? 

Your dishwasher needs regular cleaning, just like your shower does. Even though you use the shower to wash yourself, soap suds, dirt and grime will end up on the walls and in the tub. If you can see when your shower is dirty, but never inspect inside your dishwasher, then you should not delay in cleaning out your kitchen appliance.

As you run the dishwasher, grease, food waste, germs, and soap will work their way down the drain. These particles can build up and create a clog in the drain, or coat the surfaces and lead to the dishwasher working less efficiently. If your home has hard water, you might notice minerals coating the surface of the dishwasher.

Fortunately, cleaning your dishwasher is a fairly simple chore, and you should already have the required items for the job. The first thing you will want is rubber gloves. 

Before getting down to business, you need to remove the bottom rack in the dishwasher so you can have better access to the drain. Clear out as much debris as you can and make sure there is no buildup present. When that is done, you can put that rack back in. 

Next, take a glance around the inside of the dishwasher for signs of mold. Besides an unpleasant odor, mold can cause respiratory problems for you and your family, harming those with asthma worse than others. 

Now you can get to the cleaning stage. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl or container with a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack. Run a hot water cycle to allow the vinegar to loosen any grime that has coated the walls. After that, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run a shorter cycle. Your dishwasher should now be spotless.

Remember that step that we were looking for mold? Well, if you found any, there is an extra cycle you should run. Fill the basin of the dishwasher with bleach and run the dishwasher again. The bleach should kill the spores. Make a note though, that if you have a stainless steel interior, do not use bleach.

With the interior clean, finish the job by wiping down the outside surfaces. Wipe down the door handles and controls with a mild cleaner. The entire process should be painless, and cleaning your dishwasher regularly will help it run more efficiently.

Cleaning your dishwasher can solve a couple problems, but not all of them. When you experience a serious issue with your dishwasher, such as a bad clog or a difficult leak, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.