How To Maintain Your Dishwasher
A few simple tasks can keep your dishwasher running smoothly and help you avoid costly repairs down the road.
Start by scraping any leftover food into the garbage before loading your dishwasher, and be sure the water temperature is hot enough to thoroughly clean your dishes and kill any bacteria that may be hanging around. Whirlpool recommends keeping the water at about 120° F.
Experts recommend cleaning your dishwasher once a month to ensure the best results for your dishes. First, clear the drain of any food buildup or debris. Next, pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into a glass liquid measuring cup and place it right-side up on the top rack. Run a full cycle. The vinegar will loosen any soap scum as well as sanitize the appliance.
Finally, sprinkle a full cup of baking soda along the bottom of your dishwasher and run a short cycle with hot water. Make sure this cycle does not include a pre-rinse. Baking soda will help prevent stains and keep your dishwasher smelling fresh.