How to Clean a Dishwasher
- How to clean the inside of the dishwasher
- How to get soap residue and left over rinse aid cleaned out of the dishwasher
- Vinegar bath instructions for a dishwasher
- Instructions to clean a dishwasher using citric acid
- Is it ok to use vinegar in clean mode?
- How to clean mold or mildew from a dishwasher
- How often should a dishwasher be cleaned?
To clean the dishwasher with a vinegar bath:
- Place 2 cups of vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl.
- Place the bowl face up in the bottom rack.
- Do not add soap or other dishes to the unit.
- Run a Heavy wash cycle.
- Sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher with baking soda.
- Run a second normal cycle.
This will clean out the unit of any remaining soap or rinse aid residue, and grease buildup.
- As the vinegar breaks down residue and hard water deposits, a small amount of silt or other deposits may collect in the bowl. This is considered normal.
- A few drops of scented essential oils may be added to the vinegar, if desired.
A citric acid bath is another option to clean a dishwasher using brands like Lemi Shine or Finish. To do this type of cleaning:
- Remove all dishes before starting the citric bath.
- Make sure the filter assembly is clean. See Cove Dishwasher Filter.
- Fill the soap compartment with citric acid crystals and close the soap door.
- Close the dishwasher door and start a Pots & Pans cycle. See Cove Dishwasher Wash Cycles.
- When the cycle is over, open the door and inspect the inside of the unit.
- If the tank still has a film, repeat the dishwasher bath process.
- Once the buildup has been removed, check the clarity of the water in the unit.
- Start a Rinse/Hold cycle.
- Listen for the unit to drain.
- Next, the unit will fill.
- Then the unit will begin to circulate.
- Let the unit circulate for 20 to 30 seconds and slowly open the door.
- If the water in the bottom of the machine is cloudy, full of suds, or has a rainbow-like haze, another bath is recommended.
- Repeat this process until the water is clean and clear.
If the dishwasher has a clean or self-clean mode, vinegar may be used, if desired.
Dishwasher cleaning should be done once a month for normal use.
- This will vary by use. Dishwashers that are used heavily should be cleaned more often.
- Use warm soapy water and a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach to areas.
To help dry dishes and prevent mold and mildew, the dishwasher door should be left slightly open after the cycle completes.
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