Tips for Dishwasher Maintenance
Like any machine, take care of your dishwasher and it will take care of you. Here are some helpful tips for how to make sure your dishwasher stays in good shape.
Washing Your Dishwasher
Wash the outside of your dishwasher in soapy water. If your dishwasher is stainless steel, use stainless steel cleaner. Running your dishwasher will help minimize a dirty interior, but if the inside of your dishwasher needs cleaning, running a cycle with Cascade® Dishwasher Cleaner can help. Washing your dishes with Cascade Platinum™ ActionPacs™ can also help ensure your dishwasher’s interior stays sparkling.
Keep the Rubber Seal Clean
The rubber seal around your dishwasher door constantly gets exposed to heat and moisture—which over time can build up with mold and mildew, as well as household dirt. Keep the rubber seal clean by washing it periodically with soap and water. Washing the seal can help ensure your dishwasher—and the dishes you pull out of it—are always their cleanest.
Cleaning the Food Disposal or Filter
Many dishwashers come equipped with food disposals. If yours has one, consult your owner’s manual for proper care and maintenance. At the bottom of some new dishwashers is a filter that should be cleaned regularly. Read your owner’s manual to find out how to remove and clean yours. The filter catches food and other particulates to protect the motor and other delicate parts underneath.
If your dishwasher has rust stains, any household rust remover will do the trick. They’re available at most supermarkets or hardware stores.
Unclogging Spray Arm Nozzles
Sometimes the nozzles on your dishwasher’s spray arms can get clogged over time. This can happen from bits of food, or even mineral deposits, which can build up from hard water and obstruct the flow of water. Cleaning these holes periodically with a a toothpick or large paper clip, or a soft brush and white vinegar, can help increase the efficiency of your dishwasher.
Check Manufacturer’s Instructions
Every dishwasher is different. Always consult the manual that came with your dishwasher to learn what the manufacturer recommends to maintain and keep your machine running properly.