Remove Odor from Dishwasher

Cause:

  • Dirt and food debris around the seals and in the corners of the dishwasher
  • Regular use of low temperature programs
  • Small amount of water remains to prevent pumps and seals from drying out
  • Large amount of dirty water from sink draining into garbage disposal and backing up into drain line

Topics:

  • Dishwasher smells bad
  • Odor coming from the dishwasher
  • How to rid a dishwasher of a foul odor
  • Water pooling creates bad odor

Steps to Verify Issue:

  1. Clean the dishwasher and disposal a few times per year to keep it clean and odor free. See How to Clean a Dishwasher.
  2. Clean the seals and in the corners of the dishwasher with a brush and a low foaming cleaner.
    • JAWS Slosh Low-Foam Cleaner is an example of a low-foam cleaning product.
    • Bleach will cause corrosion on stainless steel.
    • Below door is where most food debris is caught.
  3. Run a program with a higher temperature like Heavy once a month to reduce dishwasher odors.
  4. Clean the garbage disposal. See Clean Dishwasher Disposal.
  5. Clean the drain line to the dishwasher and drain pump.
  6. If standard cleaning does not resolve the odor, Dishwasher Magic is a product for use during an empty cycle to remove odors.
  7. Leave the door slightly ajar to allow air into the unit after a wash cycle completes to reduce odors.

Answer:

Refer to the product use and care guide for further information.

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