The dishwasher is a handy household appliance as hand washing dishes can be quite time consuming. With food particles collecting in the dishwasher, it is bound to develop a weird odour and affect the efficiency of your dishwasher. There are measures you can take to keep your dishwasher running efficiently.
Maintaining the efficiency of your dishwasher is easy by following these 6 quick and easy steps! If you find yourself in need of a dishwasher repair in Sherwood Park, call into Paramount Appliance Repair for a same day repair!
- Don’t place the dirty dishes straight into the dishwasher. The dishwasher’s main function is to wash your dishes, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to remove the bigger chunks of food off the plate before having the dishwasher take over. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hand wash the dishes before placing them into the dishwasher, but try to at least scrape off the bigger chunks. This can avoid clogging in the drains and weird odours from developing.
- Don’t overload it! Your dishwasher needs space to allow the water to get in between your dishes to remove the leftover food debris. If your dishwasher is completely full, either hand wash the remaining dirty dishes or wait for the next cycle. Overloading the dishwasher per cycle may result in a second cycle because not everything was thoroughly cleaned during the first cycle.
- Use the proper cycle! Using the shorter and gentler setting may seem to be able to help save on energy bills but in that case, you’re better off hand washing the extremely dirty dishes. The gentler cycle will not be as effective on the dirtier dishes as it’s not strong enough to remove the stubborn food particles. Run the cycles with dishes of similar levels of dirtiness.
- Vinegar is the best natural cleanser! Vinegar has multiple uses and cleaning is one that your dishwasher will truly benefits from. Vinegar works great as a natural cleanser because it is gentle yet effective. First, remove all the contents from the dishwasher. Throw in a cup of undiluted white vinegar into the bottom of the bottom of the dishwasher and run it as a normal cycle. This will help clean out all the food particles that has been washed out over time, and the smell of vinegar dissipates as it dries, so it keeps your dishwasher smelling fresh as well.
- Clean out the dishwasher filter and seal! Look around the dishwasher for the filter. Under it, you will find the food particles that didn’t get into the drain and has been resting under it instead. Remove the filter if possible and rinse it in the sink. Use a cloth or brush to remove the stubborn particles. Cleaning the seal is also important as some of the particles may get stuck around it. Use a damp towel to wipe it down to maintain the cleanliness.
- Check the water! Your water heater temperature should be set between 45-50 degrees Celsius. Many dishwashers are automatically set at a lower temperature but it is not hot enough for an efficient washing cycle. Also, hard water is very harsh and can actually cause visible damages on your dishes. Test the water and have it softened if necessary.