Well Being

A clean dishwasher is a cheap dishwasher

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Ok so recently my dishwasher has been flooding all over the damn kitchen. Did I just curse? Sorry, but well, it's super annoying. I'm talking soap and water ALL over my kitchen. I was thinking I'd need a new one, but read up on it first, and found out…

If you have a disposal, you need to run it for about 30 seconds before you run your dishwasher or debris left in the disposal can be pulled into the dishwasher drain line and clog it – which of course can lead to my issues. Do I always run the disposal 30 seconds? NO. From now on I will though, and hopefully it solves my problem.

dishwasher cleaning and repairs

Other ways to keep you dishwasher in tip-top shape (and save you from repairs and new washers) include:

  • Use less detergent. Dish wash detergent companies say to add a certain amount of dish soap to your load of dishes, BUT if you actually read your manual, it likely says ONLY add a teaspoon. The soap people want you to buy more soap, but more, doesn't always equal cleaner and better. Too much detergent can clog your washer and leave icky residue on dishes. All this means you need to waste more water and energy running your washer again and you waste soap.
  • Periodically check the holes in the spray arm of your dishwasher. Small bits of paper and other junk can get stuck in there and then your machine won't work as well.
  • You need to clean your dishwasher filter out once in a while. Check your manual for instructions.
  • Keep the exterior clean as well which can help avoid soap buildup and rust. Plain old hot water and a little soap work fine.
  • Always read your specific manual. There's a section with upkeep and cleaning – actually follow this. It may seem like a small thing, but having to buy a new washer can be pricey when you're not expecting it.

Got any other cool dishwasher tips?

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