Dish­wash­ers today have set­tled in almost every home, because since their inven­tion they have been able to prove them­selves per­fect­ly. Now, even after fam­i­ly feasts, you can eas­i­ly wash all the dish­es at the same time, with­out being involved in the wash­ing process. Dish­wash­ers, which are cur­rent­ly on the mar­ket for house­hold appli­ances, are quite eco­nom­i­cal because they con­sume a small amount of water and elec­tric­i­ty. Most mod­els are com­pact and ergonom­ic, so they can fit even in a small kitchen. In addi­tion, such devices are sim­ple and con­ve­nient to use, and their price always remains afford­able. The task of any con­sumer is the cor­rect oper­a­tion and main­te­nance, so that the ser­vice life of the equip­ment is as long as pos­si­ble. So how to clean the dish­wash­er at home and what is need­ed for this?

How do you know when it’s time to clean your dishwasher?

how to clean a dishwasher at home

If you want the equip­ment to work flaw­less­ly, then cer­tain clean­ing work will have to be done reg­u­lar­ly, and most impor­tant­ly, in a time­ly man­ner. At home, this is not as dif­fi­cult as it might seem at first glance, and you can also use ordi­nary inex­pen­sive deter­gents. It is high­ly desir­able for pre­ven­tion after each start to wipe all inter­nal and exter­nal sur­faces with a damp cloth with soapy water. Spe­cial atten­tion should be paid to the device door and con­trol pan­el. After the pro­ce­dure, it is nec­es­sary to walk on the sur­face with a dry cloth or nap­kin.

Dish­wash­er care includes clean­ing the fil­ter of food or grease at least three times a month. The show­er blades are washed depend­ing on the pol­lu­tion, and if they begin to spin poor­ly, then it is worth clean­ing the axis. About every six months, you need to thor­ough­ly clean the door seals, this may require a spe­cial tool, and you can find it in the same store where you pur­chased your kitchen appli­ances.

See also - Inno­v­a­tive Fairy prod­ucts for dish­wash­ers

What improvised means are suitable for cleaning dishwashers?

cleaning agents

Each con­sumer paid atten­tion to the range of pro­fes­sion­al house­hold appli­ances care prod­ucts, espe­cial­ly their cost, which can some­times be quite high. How­ev­er, impro­vised means that can be found in every home can be no less high-qual­i­ty in clean­ing and effec­tive, so it is imper­a­tive to use them. For high-qual­i­ty clean­ing, we need cel­lu­lose tow­els or reg­u­lar wipes, bak­ing soda, vine­gar, and an old tooth­brush.
  • Pour vine­gar and water into a large con­tain­er, about one to two glass­es. We also put all the bas­kets and oth­er remov­able ele­ments there and wash them thor­ough­ly, after which we wipe them dry.
  • We inspect all the show­er blades and small holes through which water enters the machine. Often these parts become clogged with grease or oth­er food par­ti­cles, such con­t­a­m­i­na­tion is best removed with tweez­ers or a tooth­pick.
  • It is also worth pay­ing atten­tion to the axis on which the blades are locat­ed, it may be con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed with food or fat residues.
  • Now you need to rinse the fil­ter, since a large amount of debris usu­al­ly accu­mu­lates at the bot­tom of the device. It must be removed with nap­kins, and then wipe every­thing with a solu­tion of vine­gar. It will remove the formed salts and dis­in­fect.
  • The door should also be giv­en spe­cial atten­tion: first wipe the ends with a solu­tion of vine­gar, and also use a tooth­brush for hard-to-reach places. In addi­tion, heav­i­ly soiled areas can be wiped with soda paste.

See also - Choos­ing a Com­pact Coun­ter­top Dish­wash­er

Effective descaling


How to clean the dish­wash­er from scale? This unpleas­ant plaque not only looks unat­trac­tive, but also sig­nif­i­cant­ly affects the oper­a­tion of equip­ment. The first thing that hap­pens to the machine is a large con­sump­tion of ener­gy, since it will now take more time to heat the water. If the dish­wash­er could not be saved from this trou­ble, then you can clean it not only with expen­sive prod­ucts from the store, but also with impro­vised ones — cit­ric acid or vine­gar. This can be done in two ways and you will notice the clean­ing effect imme­di­ate­ly.
  • Pour two cups of vine­gar into the bot­tom of the device and turn on the water heat­ing. In the mid­dle of the cycle, you will need to take a half-hour pause, and then con­tin­ue it.
  • If for some rea­son you can­not use vine­gar, take cit­ric acid, about 200–400 grams, and pour it into a spe­cial deter­gent tray, then turn on the high­est tem­per­a­ture and long cycle time.

Remem­ber to care­ful­ly mon­i­tor the clean­ing process, as large plaque par­ti­cles will need to be removed from the device in time to avoid dam­age.

Remove foreign odors

Car­ing for a dish­wash­er is easy if you know how to do it right. Anoth­er nui­sance that can await mod­ern house­wives is the unpleas­ant smell of mold, and mold itself. If you began to notice such man­i­fes­ta­tions, then you need to take action instant­ly, since these fun­gi expand almost instant­ly. At home, you can do the fol­low­ing:

  • Rinse all parts of the dish­wash­er to remove grease with a good clean­ing agent, then wipe dry and leave open overnight to air out.
  • You can also use ordi­nary bleach — take a small amount and run the cycle with­out appli­ances, but you should be very care­ful with such house­hold chem­i­cals.

Cleaning the drain hole

drain hole cleaning

The drain hole is that hard-to-reach place into which var­i­ous debris and food remains now and then get into. There­fore, it is nec­es­sary to mon­i­tor its clean­li­ness very care­ful­ly. In order to per­form all the nec­es­sary manip­u­la­tions, you need to turn off the pow­er sup­ply and remove the cov­er. All the debris that has accu­mu­lat­ed there can be care­ful­ly removed with a nap­kin, pre­vent­ing it from get­ting into the drain hole itself. If the dirt is very intense, then place a cloth soaked in a solu­tion with a clean­ing agent around the drain. You can imme­di­ate­ly car­ry out the pre­ven­tion of block­ages, for this you need bak­ing soda and vine­gar. Pour them into the drain, close the lid and start the device with­out appli­ances.

Now you know exact­ly how to clean the dish­wash­er at home, and you can eas­i­ly cope with this fair­ly sim­ple task. Time­ly care and strict obser­vance of all the rules of use will sig­nif­i­cant­ly extend the life of your house­hold appli­ances. So you can insure your­self for a long time against unex­pect­ed break­downs and cost­ly repairs. Do not be afraid to use impro­vised prod­ucts, they can be just as effec­tive as expen­sive house­hold chem­i­cals. How­ev­er, it is sim­ple prod­ucts like vine­gar and soda that will be much safer than store-bought ones, espe­cial­ly if there is a child in the house. By the way, all house­hold appli­ances, and not just a dish­wash­er, require care­ful atti­tude and care­ful care.