It may seem obvious that your dishwasher is a cleaning appliance, but what happens when it gets dirty itself?
When a dishwasher is used on a regular basis, you may find that a build-up of nasties like fat and excess food can begin to get in the way of the key parts behind the scenes that ensure your dishes come out sparkling. To make sure that your dishwasher keeps cleaning to the standard that you you're used to, it’s useful to remember ‘The Three L's’:
LEARN your Dishwasher
Firstly, it’s important to get to grips with the ins and outs of your wonderful appliance, in particular, how to give it a good clean. Every dishwasher is different, so it’s a good idea to check the manual for tips on things like how to clean the filter, but a product like Finish Dishwasher Cleaner can be used in any dishwasher to remove the build-ups of dirt, grease and lime-scale, and is very easy to use. Simply remove the sticker from the top of the cleaner and place the bottle upside down securely in the bottom rack, then run a high temperature cycle as you would normally do (just make sure that its empty of dishes and any other detergents). It works by attacking and breaking down the layers of grease and minerals that build up in all the machine’s hard to reach areas, ensuring maximum performance. Finish up with a quick wipe of the insides with a cleaning spray and it will be ready to go and good as new.
LOVE your Dishwasher
If your dishwasher isn’t clean, how can you hope for it to clean your dishes? If you don’t give it the care and attention that it needs, then it won’t take long for the important bits, like the spray arms and jets, to get clogged up with leftover food, grease and dirt, meaning not only will efficiency be reduced, but the water will be squeezed through any food that it previously washed off. It’s recommended to clean your dishwasher about once a month to ensure that it’s leaving your dishes as clean and hygienic as they should be.
LIVE your life
This is definitely the most important, as this is the whole point of having a dishwasher in the first place! Your dishwasher is there to save you time, and a few minutes a month invested in keeping it clean pays dividends. Make sure your dishwasher is working for you and not the other way around.