The one thing you need your dishwasher to do, is clean the dishes. If it’s not doing it’s job, try these simple home fixes to get your dishes sparkling again.
Dirt and Grease Build Up
Unfortunately, your dishwasher probably isn’t as clean on the inside as the dishes that come out of it. Food particles, grease build up and other debris easily get caught in filters, stuck in seals and float on the bottom of your dishwasher. At least once a month, run a dishwasher cycle with no dishes in it. You can buy a special dishwasher cleaner for this, which will remove grease and limescale build up. For a natural option, use vinegar instead. Once the cycle is finished, have a good look inside your dishwasher. Remove any debris from the bottom – fallen cutlery, large chunks of food or bits of broken dishes. Wipe away any grime and use a toothbrush to get into the cracks. Wipe down the seals and the doors to prevent food build up from causing leaks.
The filters can easily become clogged with bits of food over time, and you’ll probably be horrified at what you find in there! Follow your manufacturers instructions to remove all the filters from your machine, and clean them thoroughly with non-abrasive detergent, like washing up liquid.
It may seem obvious, but how you load your dishwasher affects how clean your dishes come out. Make sure you leave space between cups, plates and bowls, so the water can move between them. Don’t overload your dishwasher, and consider rinsing dishes before you load, especially if they’re very greasy.
Too much or too little detergent
Detergent is designed to break down grease, so if you have too little, your dishes may not come out as clean as you’d like them. The opposite is also true. Too much detergent can leave a residue of white spots on dishes or cloudy patches on glasses.
Blocked spray arm
Clogged spray arms are one of the most common problems in a dishwasher. if you live in an area with hard water, this can cause limescale build up, but sometimes even detergent residue can be the problem. Consult your manufacturer’s instructions on how to remove the spray arms. Check the holes for blockages, and use something thin like a wire hanger or steel cable to unclog them.
If the problems persist, consider letting an expert take a look.