How to clean a dishwasher

How often do you clean the dishwasher? I admit I don’t clean mine often enough! I wash the dishes every day so they are clean at the same time, right? A look at the dishwasher filter proves this theory wrong. This week I thoroughly cleaned my stainless steel dishwasher and now it’s not the dirtiest clean spot in my house anymore. It turns out that it is very easy to make them sparkle with minimal effort. And a clean dishwasher also means cleaner, healthier dishes! Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to clean your dishwasher…

Clean the dishwasher filter Start by removing the filter from the bottom of the dishwasher. Mine just opened, and then I was able to lift it up. Every dishwasher will be slightly different, so consult your manual if necessary.

The filter is where food particles get caught so if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned the filter {like me} you’ll likely find quite a bit of dirt built up on it. It turns out that this filter is recommended to be removed and cleaned once a week. A clogged filter can flood your dishwasher, so this is a very important first step. Start by rinsing the filter in hot water.

Then use dish soap and rub it in with your finger. Rinse again with warm water until the soap is completely gone.

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