A dishwasher is a gift sent from heaven for those who hate washing dishes. These unsung heroes not only save us from the hassle of doing our own dishes, but they are also designed to use water efficiently and heat it cost-effectively.
Given these benefits, the least we could do is give these appliances a proper scrubbing. Ironically, many people seldom remember to wash their dishwasher unless they notice a musty smell coming from it, while others simply fail to do the job well.
If you are either one of these people, this article is definitely for you. Here are some useful tips on how to clean your dishwasher.
Start with the garbage disposal
In most homes, the garbage disposal tends to be connected to the dishwasher drain, meaning that it will automatically affect the other when there’s a problem with one. Cleaning your garbage disposal is fast and easy, so it won’t prove to be much of a baggage. Ice cubes work magic when cleaning your garbage disposal as they help break up any food particles stuck in it.
Run the wash with baking soda and vinegar
Running your dishwasher with a baking-soda-vinegar combo on a hot water cycle will let you loosen grease and grime. It also helps get rid of odor emanating from the dishwasher or garbage disposal.
Refresh your dishwasher with citrus
Citrus is an excellent deodorizer for both your dishwasher and garbage disposal. Like vinegar, it will help you get rid of the odor produced by food particles.
Run hot water in your sink
Pouring hot water can help loosen stubborn food particles in the garbage disposal and dishwasher. You should also always run hot water in your sink before starting a load of dishes to get cleaner dishes and keep your dishwasher clean.
In sum, dishwashers and garbage disposals require regular cleaning and a bit of maintenance to run smoothly and efficiently. Don’t be lazy and give these indispensable kitchen appliances a thorough cleaning. Let us help! Give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 and let our team of plumbing professionals get your dishwasher up and running again.