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Dishwasher

Caring for Your Dishwasher

September 6, 2011

dishwasher careCaring for your dishwasher is an important part of keeping your home running well, as your dish washing machine streamlines the cleanup after your meals. While you can always go back to washing dishes the old fashioned way, you will find that it is so much easier just to take a few simple precautions to keep your dishwasher running well.

One of the best ways to ensure that your dishwasher keeps on running is by letting the machine run with a liter of vinegar added to the tank. You will need to do this wash without any dishes in the washing machine, as the vinegar will dirty the dishes. Don’t use detergent for this wash, but simply let the machine run with the vinegar inside.

The reason to let the dishwasher run with vinegar inside is because the vinegar is an acid that will clean out all of the germs and bacteria from the inside of your dish washing machine. Seeing as your dishwasher is a moist place, it will collect bacteria and germs. The standing water that is left inside your dishwasher after a load may foster the growth of these microbes, and you could end up poisoning yourself with your own dishwasher as you spray germs over the dishes.

Letting the vinegar run through the machine will allow the acid to kill the germs, and will have no adverse effect on your dishwasher. The dishwashers with plastic tubs are the best to use this cleanse for, and the acid in the vinegar will actually help to clear the drain from anything that could be causing blockages.

One problem that you are sure to face with your dishwasher is blockages in the holes of the spray arms of the dishwasher. When the spray arms swirl around, they splash water around the dishwasher. Food, paper, and even toothpicks can get stuck in the spray arm holes, and thus can prevent the washer from working well.

You will find that clearing out these blockages will help your dishes to be cleaned properly, as blockages in the spray arms can cause bacteria to grow in the sprayers when they are not running. That bacteria will then be sprayed around once your dishwasher starts running, and could cling to your dishes and make you sick.

The best way to keep the spray arms clean is to use a thin wire and run it through the spray holes. Remove the arm and run the wire through each of the holes to ensure that there are no obstructions, and shake the arm to rattle any loos debris or dirt free. You can use a bit of hot water with vinegar in it to clean the germs and bacteria from the dishwasher spray arm, and you can simply replace the clean arm to run the dishwasher once more.

Doing these few things will be enough to keep your dishwasher clean, running well, and making your life a whole lot easier by saving you from having to wash the dishes yourself.

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