Dishwashers are one of the most convenient inventions that help us save a lot of time on kitchen chores. Because it works so heavily to help us out, it is essential to clean it out from time to time. A clean dishwasher ensures that your dishes are as clean as possible and that it runs efficiently. If you haven’t done this before, don’t worry; it is a simple process that we outlined below with seven easy steps to clean a dishwasher drain.
Tools & Materials Needed
- 1 Small Bowl
- 1 Sink or Dishpan
- 1 Scrub Brush
- 1 Drain Auger/Snake
- 1 Box of Baking Soda
- 1 Bottle of Distilled White Vinegar
- 1 Bottle of Dishwashing Liquid
1. Empty the Dishwasher
Begin by taking everything out of the dishwasher; all the dishes, silverware, and even the lower rack. You wouldn’t want the debris from the cleaning process getting all over your items.
2. Turn Off the Dishwasher
Now that you got everything out of the dishwasher, you will need to turn off the dishwasher to prevent electrocution or shock. You can turn off it by unplugging it or by turning it off at the breaker.
3. Remove the Dishwasher Filter
At the bottom of the dishwasher, you will find a round filter. You will need to twist open the lock and lift the filter out. Have your dishpan close by to be able to dump any water in the filter. This process is less than glamorous, so feel free to put some gloves on.
4. Clean the Filter
With the water dumped out, you will now need to clean the filter in the sink. Use the dishwashing liquid, wash it out thoroughly and remove any grease and residue. Rinse it with hot water and let it air dry.
5. Unclog the Dishwasher Drain
If the dishwasher drain is clogged, you will need to use the snake or auger to remove the clog. At this step, you may also need to find the dishwasher manual and read its instructions for unclogging the dishwasher drain.
6. Clean and Freshen the Drain
Once you’ve cleared out the clogs from the drain, you will need to thoroughly clean out the entire dishwasher for a cleaner condition. Add one-fourth cup of baking soda to the drain, followed by one-half cup of distilled vinegar. Give the mixture a ten minutes to foam and fizz together. This will help loosen the dirt and debris away from the dishwasher. Once the time is up, put the filter back and ensure that it is securely locked into its place.
7. Run a Cleaning Cycle
Now that the filter is back in its place, plug the dishwasher back in or turn it on at the breaker. Put a bowl of vinegar in the top rack and run a whole wash cycle, skipping the dry cycle. Don’t worry about adding the dishwasher detergent at this point.
When the cycle is over, you will need to sprinkle baking soda on the top of the dishwasher and run a hot water rinse. Once it is over, open the dishwasher’s door and allow it to air-dry.
And there we go! That was easy-peasy! If you need help with any of the steps of this process call Erica’s Plumbing today for assistance.