A dishwasher is something one uses on a daily basis. It is easy to just assume that since it cleans dishes, it will not get dirty. The opposite is true. You must check if your dishwasher is clean, and more so frequently, to make sure that you are not using dishes that are not suitable for your health.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Here’s how to clean a dishwasher. First of all, make sure that you have the proper cleaning agents. The most common one is baking soda and vinegar. Most people prefer this because it is cheap and readily available at any home marts. Mix an amount of baking soda with water and clean the sides of the dishwasher using a sponge. You can add a little vinegar to the baking soda to make it easier to remove the grease from the dishwasher.
Clean the Inside of the Dishwasher
The next step will be cleaning the inside of the dishwasher. To do this, you will need to remove the dish racks and clean them in the sink. Use vinegar and baking soda in this process too. Some little bits of food may be stuck in the racks. You can use a toothpick to get rid of those.
Since you have removed the dish racks, the spinning holes are left open. Clean this using water. Run the water through the holes so that you can flush out the food particles in the holes. If there are any remaining food particles, use a wooden stick to remove them. It is important to avoid using metallic objects to remove the particles because you can damage the holes.
The edges are usually left out when the dishes are being washed. As such, they may be covered in grease and feel sticky. Take a sponge or a damp cloth and dip it in a new mixture of vinegar and baking soda and clean the edges. Make sure that you rub the sponge or cloth repetitively until all the stickiness is gone.
Cleaning The Filter
After this is done, check the filter for any dirt. Clean this with running water to make sure that all the dirt gets out. You can also scrub it a little with a toothbrush to remove the stubborn dirt particles. Always remember to check the dishwasher for rust stains. There are specialized rust removers that you can buy for this purpose. Sometimes the rust may be on the dish racks. If the rust remover does not work, then it is important to replace the racks with new ones.
Cleaning the Base of the Dishwasher
The next step on how to clean a dishwasher is to clean the floor of the dishwasher. Food particles often accumulate around this area and may even begin to smell. Ensure that you check the filter for any particles left and clean them out. After you’ve done this, take a small brush and clean the base of the dishwasher.
When this is done you can put all the parts back and run hot water to finalize the cleaning process. You can wash all the parts of the dishwasher with hot water that has lemon in it to give it a good scent.