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How to clean the dishwasher in 4 simple steps

In order to keep your dishwasher in proper working order, it needs to be cleaned regularly. Discover how to clean your dishwasher in 4 simple steps!

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A dishwasher is undoubtedly a great addition to every kitchen. Not only is it useful after a big meal or a party, but it also makes everyday washing up a lot easier. However, since your dishwasher does such a good job of cleaning your dishes, it is sometimes easy to forget that it might need a little cleaning itself…

If you’re wondering how to clean a dishwasher, these tips will help you keep your favourite kitchen gadget in great shape – so you won’t have to wash food-stained plates by hand anytime soon!

After a dishwashing cycle has finished, it’s a good idea to quickly clean the filter and remove any particles of food or debris that may have collected at the bottom of the machine.

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Cleaning a dishwasher in 4 simple steps

1. Get prepared for dishwasher cleaning

  • Make sure the machine is empty.
  • Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • Remove all the utensil holders and racks within the dishwasher.
  • Remove any graters, filters, or other parts that can be removed from within the dishwasher.
  • Remove as much food residue stuck to the dishwasher parts as you can reach.

2. Clean the dishwasher doors

  • Wipe the outside of the door with hot water to remove any fingerprints or dirt that may have accumulated.
  • Move on to the inside of the door, using a small amount of liquid soap (we recommend Sunlight washing up liquid) and hot water to remove any built-up grease stains.
  • Always follow any instructions on your product’s label and to rinse thoroughly when cleaning dishwasher doors.

3. Clean inside the dishwasher

  • Mix one part vinegar with five parts water to create a great dishwasher cleaner.
  • Soak a cloth in the solution and wipe the inside of the dishwasher.
  • Place all the dishwasher parts in the sink or a bowl or bucket filled with the vinegar solution to clean them.
  • Tiny bits of stuck-on food can be the toughest stains to tackle. Use a soft brush to give you extra scrubbing power or let the stains soak for a few minutes to make them easier to remove.

4. Run a deep-clean dishwasher cycle

  • Put the racks and other parts back inside the dishwasher.
  • Place a cup filled with white vinegar on one of the racks inside the dishwasher, and run a full cycle with the hottest water possible. Alternatively, you can use a product specifically designed to clean the dishwasher. Just follow the directions on the label. 
  • When the cycle is finished, you’ll have a clean appliance!

Knowing how to clean a dishwasher will soon become second nature – so there really is no excuse for leaving the dirty dishes to pile up!

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