To keep your dishwasher in good shape, perform simple regular maintenance, including:
• Clean the outside of your dishwasher with a little soap and a damp sponge. The inside doesn’t need to be cleaned as often since running the dishwasher will help clean it. Try using Cascade with the Scent of Gain® ActionPacs™ to leave your dishwasher smelling fresh. If you don’t use your dishwasher for a while, it can start to smell. A fine solution for this is to just run the cycle with some normal detergent.
• Clean the rubber seal around the outside of your dishwasher with soap and water. Because steam heats the rubber in the washing and drying process, it’s an area prone to dust and fungus. Washing this seal will remove and prevent dust and fungus messes that can build up over time.
• Dishwashers have a filter at the bottom, which should be cleaned regularly. Read your owner’s manual to find out how to remove and clean yours. You might need to replace this filter if it breaks or has holes in it. Be sure to do so—this filter protects the motor and other delicate parts below.
• Rust stains can be removed with rust remover. You can get this type of rust remover at the grocery store or the hardware store.
• The water jets on the spray arms of the dishwasher may become clogged over time. Tiny bits of food or even mineral deposits can obstruct the flow of water. Cleaning these holes now and then can really increase the efficacy of your dishwasher.
• Some dishwashers have food disposal units built in. If yours has one of these, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for how to care for it. These devices can be a big time saver, but they also require some maintenance to keep functioning properly. One tip for keeping a food disposal unit great smelling is to put several slices of lemon in it. The lemon cleans out the device as it gets chopped up.