How to clean your dishwasher

It’s easy to forget that our kitchen appliances need a bit of TLC and your dishwasher is no exception. It cleans the dishes for you, but who cleans the dishwasher? You should. Here are 3 things you should clean if your dishes aren’t coming out sparkling.

1.     Clean the inside of the dishwasher

Let’s start with an obvious one. First, put a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe Tupperware or similar container and place on the upper rack of your dishwasher. Run a heavy clean cycle with just the vinegar inside.

Once that’s finished, get some baking soda and sprinkle on the bottom of your dishwasher and leave it overnight. The next day, you should scrub with a sponge and use a toothbrush to get those hard-to-reach areas. Don’t scrub the filter too hard, it’s fragile and you could end up damaging it. Then you can simply rinse the baking soda away and revel in the cleanliness of your dishwasher!

2.     Clean the spray arm

Twist the cap clockwise to remove it and then lift out the spray arm. Use a toothbrush to scrub the base and the arm, to get rid of any grease or debris. Then take a wire and poke through the holes in the arm to make sure there isn’t any debris caught inside.

3.     Remove and clean the float switch

You’ll need a screwdriver to unscrew the hold-down screw so that you can lift the cap off. Get a toothbrush and clean everything you can reach – the inside of the float switch cap may be pretty grubby. Replace the cap and screw back into place.

Open dishwasher with glasses and dishes inside

Is it time to get a repair?

If none of these things cut it, it sounds like you need a repair. Luckily, you can choose between a fixed price repair or a 12-month repair package, which will repair your initial fault and any others during that time. For further info, go to the Repair & Protect website.

How to get the best out of your dishwasher

Don’t overload your dishwasher – your manufacturer’s leaflet should give you instructions on this, but you should know deep down if you’ve been working your dishwasher too hard.

Make sure cutlery can’t drop through the basket – it could stop the spray arm from spinning if they drop through low enough to obstruct it

Rinse your dishes of food – bits of leftover food will clog your filter! It’s always best to rinse your dishes under the tap below loading into the dishwasher

Use a decent detergent – you may be trying to save money by getting cheap dishwasher tablets. If they aren’t coming out clean, try switching up to a more renowned brand and seeing if that helps. Also, don’t try to use anything that isn’t supposed to go in your dishwasher, you could end up damaging it.

Use salt if you’re in a hard water area – the salt softens your water and stops your dishes coming out with a film on them. You can also use rinse aid or even white vinegar to do the job.