Have you ever gotten a funky odor in your dishwasher? It's not dirty dishes inside that smell, it's actually coming from inside the dishwasher.
Here are some quick and simple steps for how to clean your dishwasher and get rid of that funky smell.
The easiest way to clean the inside of the dishwasher is with vinegar, baking soda, or bleach. If you are using vinegar, you will just place a small dishwasher-safe bowl of white vinegar on the top rack. Make sure there’s nothing else in the dishwasher and then run a complete wash cycle making sure that the water is set to hot. If you want to use the baking soda method, simply sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run a wash cycle with hot water. For those of you that like to use bleach, this method easily gets rid of mildew. Just pour a cup of bleach into the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run the cycle with hot water. If you have a stainless steel interior dishwasher, you may want to avoid the bleach method and use either vinegar or baking soda.
Some people don’t know this but your dishwasher actually has a filter and this filter can become clogged and produce smelly odors from mold and mildew. In order to get this dishwasher filter clean you must remove the bottom rack of the dishwasher. There you will locate and remove the dishwasher filter. Once you remove the filter, you can hand wash it with warm and soapy water. If there are little pieces of debris, stuck in the filter, just use a toothbrush or a nail brush to get the debris off then rinse and replace the filter back into the dishwasher. Most dishwashers, such as GE, LG, Samsung, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch, Asko, and Frigidaire will easily allow you to remove the filter and wash it out yourself without calling for an appliance repair technician.
If you ever notice your dishwasher, not draining and you have already made sure that the dishwasher filter is clean there are a few other things that you can check. Make sure that your garbage disposal is cleaned out by running it and removing any leftover debris because this can actually make your dishwasher back up with water in the bottom. Your dishwasher has a drain and sometimes the drain may get clogged because too much leftover debris has been left on the dishes when they have been put in the dishwasher Drain clogs can be broken up by pouring a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down into the dishwasher drain and letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. After the mixture has sat for a while, pour boiling water into the drain to see if that will break it all up.
If this doesn’t work, you may have to clean your air gap to see if it is clogged. If you don’t feel like messing with the air gap, or dishwasher drain, don’t worry, we are here to help. Give Better Homes Appliance Repair a call anytime and we can schedule one of our great technicians to come out and get your dishwasher back in working order.
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