Kitchen Cleaning Tips – Cleaning Dishwasher

Not many people think about cleaning their dishwasher since it tends to de a pretty good job cleaning itself during the wash cycle. However, in order to keep your dishwasher running optimally and avoid buildup or foul odors, there are a few steps you can take to keep it clean until the next scheduled cleaning from Welcome Home’s professional cleaning technicians.

Dishwasher Cleaning Tips

•  Citric acid is one of the best ways to clean your dishwasher without to much hassle. Make sure there are no dishes or other items in your dishwasher and then fill the detergent dispenser with the citric acid powder. If you can’t find any at your local store, orange Tang will also work. Run a full cycle to remove buildup and rust in your dishwasher.

•  If the buildup is more severe, you can run the same cycle but with vinegar. Start your dishwasher and run it on the hot cycle, when there is a pool of warm water, open the dishwasher and add three cups of white vinegar. The acid will break down the buildup without damaging the plastic parts in your dishwasher.

•  For dishwashers that are emitting a bad smell, allow the dishwasher to dry fully. Using either baking soda or borax powder, layer the bottom of the dishwasher. Allow the powder to stay overnight to absorb the foul smells. The next day, simply use a regular dish sponge to wipe up the powder and clean the door and walls of the dishwasher. Run a regular full cycle without dishes using your normal detergent to remove the last of the powder. If there is still odors coming from your dishwasher, try cleaning the filter and removing any food particles or mold build up that may be present.

Keeping your dishwasher clean will also help keep your family healthy, fewer pathogens in the dishwasher means fewer chances of bacteria getting inside your families body. Welcome Home’s cleaning team is happy to manage your dishwasher cleaning maintenance during our regular visits, simply give us a call to set up an appointment.

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