As a key appliance in your kitchen, your dishwasher deserves some love. Keeping your dishwasher clean and well-maintained will prolong its lifespan, sparing you from having to replace it sooner than needed.

Dishwasher Care

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Before you begin maintaining your dishwasher, it is important to read the manufacturer’s instruction manual. The manual can help you understand more about how to properly care for your dishwasher.

Most dishwashers come with a filter. If your dishwasher has a filter, it is important to remove it periodically and give it a thorough cleaning. Food and other debris could get trapped inside and impair the appliance’s ability to clean.

The door and seals of the dishwasher should be cleaned frequently. Seals around the dishwasher’s door protect it from leaking when it runs. The buildup of dirt and grime on the seals could cause a water leak. You can clean the rubber seals by wiping them down with a damp cloth and some cleaning solution.

When you run your dishwasher, don’t just use any type of dishwasher soap. Rather, use high-quality dishwasher cleaner to prevent any buildup of soap scum and food. Low-quality detergent can leave residue behind, gum up the works, and reduce the efficiency of your machine.

The spray arm of the dishwasher needs periodic cleaning as well. Wipe it down with a damp towel to remove grime and buildup. The spray arm has little holes that water passes through. Use a toothpick to clean out anything that may be blocking those holes. This is easier to accomplish when you have removed the spray arm. Your instruction manual can tell you how to remove the arm.

These maintenance steps can result in cleaner dishes and a longer-lasting machine.