Dishwashers should be constantly cleaning themselves – in theory. But sadly, that’s not the case. Over time, bits of leftover food, grease, undissolved tablets and water minerals build up on the dishwasher’s filter and interior walls. Alongside an unpleasant smell and dirty look, this gunk can actually leave spots and film on your glasses, plates and cutlery. In short, if you don’t clean your dishwasher correctly your appliance can’t fully do its job. Plus, if you let the food and grime build up without cleaning, it can seriously damage the dishwasher’s filter and pump, ultimately resulting in expensive costs.
How often should you clean your dishwasher?
Depending on how bad your dishwasher is, you should be doing some element of upkeep anywhere from daily to once a week to monthly.
On a daily basis you should be removing bits of food visible in the dishwasher.
Weekly, you should aim to wipe down the dishwasher door, gasket and clean out the filter.
On a monthly schedule, deep clean the interior and whenever needed, clean and buff up the outside.
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Can you clean your dishwasher with bleach?
In short, no, you shouldn’t be cleaning your dishwasher with bleach.
This isn’t recommended on any kind of washer, but particularly it’s a no-go zone if yours has a stainless steel interior or parts made from it.
Don’t use bleach with vinegar, either.
The combination of bleach and vinegar can create potentially deadly chlorine gas, which is the last thing you want you or your family breathing in.
To clean the outer dishwasher door, grab a cleaner specifically designed for the surface you’re dealing with.
For example if it’s stainless steel, look for a cleaning product that caters to this material.
Using all-purpose spray or cleaner can leave a streaky finish or even scratch steel, so be careful.
Another way to go is to create your own cleaner by mixing dish soap, water and white vinegar.
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