Cleaning the inside of a dishwasher.
At Life Maid Easy, we know better than anyone just how important cleaning appliances are. They allow us to save time, they complete the job efficiently, and they can sometimes even save energy.
Our dishwashers are more often than not our most used cleaning appliance. We trust these machines to clean the plates we eat off of, the cups we drink from, and the cutlery we use on a daily basis. Because of these reasons, it’s imperative that we take care of them.
If we trust something to clean our dishes and eating utensils, shouldn’t it be clean? You wouldn’t wash your computer screen with a muddy paper towel, so why would you clean your dishes with a dirty dishwasher? It makes no sense!
Even if your dishwasher doesn’t appear dirty, and even if it seems that the machine itself is working normally, it’s important to regularly clean your dishwasher so that you don’t run in to problems in the future. This will allow you to get the most out of your machine as well, thereby saving you money! It’s a win-win.
Life Maid Easy has complied a list of the best ways to clean and maintain your dishwasher. Check it out!
Take a good look around the inside.
This may seem rather obvious, but often when we’re loading and unloading the dishwasher, we don’t pay much attention to what’s actually inside of the machine. Before tackling any cleaning, take a good, long look inside your dishwasher. It’s very possible that some glass or plastic has broken and fallen close to the back of the machine.
Furthermore, there could be large chunks of food that have set up camp in your dishwasher. This is particularly dangerous because as the water washes your dishes, the bacteria from the food can wash on to your supposedly “clean” plates.
Remove and unclog spray arms.
Clogged spray arms are usually the number one reason your dishwasher isn’t working. The best thing you can do is remove the spray arms, and then clean out the holes. Removing them is generally rather simple. Click the video above if you need assistance.
Once you’ve removed the arms, take a steel wire or cable (taking apart a clothing wire works as well) and use it to clean out the holes lining the spray arms. Get rid of all that gunk and soap scum that has inevitably built up over time!
Deep clean the spray arms.
Sometimes a wire just ins’t enough. If you find that cleaning them out with a wire wasn’t enough. soak them in white vinegar. This will break down the soap scum you couldn’t scrape off. If you don’t have a container big enough to soak the arms, pour some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the armholes.
Switch up your cycle.
Our machines can wear out if we use the same cycles over and over again, as there is no variation and therefore an increase in wear and tear of certain aspects of our machines. Switch up your cycle depending on what you’re washing- you never know, maybe you’ll find an even more effective way of cleaning dishes!