A clean dishwasher is likely one of the hardest household items to maintain. It will indeed clean your dishes, but it will not clean itself. This is fully your responsibility. A dirty dishwasher can become such a nuisance and ultimately poses a health risk if ignored. Foul smells are very easily developed if your dishwasher maintenance skills are lacking. However, there are a few simple things that you should pay attention to that will make your task a lot easier.
Dishwashers come with a minimum temperature requirement for them to run efficiently. Not only is the temperature vital to cleaning your dishes properly, but it also gets rid of any bacteria. Consumers are quick to bend this rule in an effort to save on electricity. However, the price you pay is that you leave your dishwasher as well as your dishes with a lot of live bacteria. Since the dishes will be dried, this will go unnoticed, but your dishwasher on the other hand will attain the foul smells that you loathe.
Many would argue that lower temperatures are environment friendly and also keep children safe from scalding from an overheated hot water tank. This is undoubtedly true, but there is a way to kill both birds with one stone. You can have a mixing valve added to your hot water tank. This way, you can have hot water mixed with cold water to keep the temperatures safe while still being able to have your dishwasher water hot enough. A clean dishwasher as well as a safe home is a good bargain.
Using the proper detergent to clean your dishes is critical. It is advisable to go for a brand name dishwasher detergent, as they are more effective. Cheap detergents may save you good money but they will not do much for you as far as a clean dishwasher goes.
Gel or crystal detergents are best. Gel will work well with water at lower temperatures, while crystal detergents are least messy.
It is also important to note that dishwashing detergent is not the same as dishwasher detergent. For a clean dishwasher, dishwasher detergent should be used every time you clean dishes in it. Dishwashing detergent is used for washing dishes in the sink. When used instead of dishwasher detergent, it will likely flood out the dishwasher and mess up your kitchen floor.
Cleaning the dishwasher is not an everyday task, but it should be done at least once a month or more. Many users do not know how to clean the dishwasher, but how you clean the dishwasher is just as important as how often you do it. It is quite simple to get your dishwasher cleaned, and material is readily available on the same.
Maintaining a clean dishwasher is dependent on how you use the dishwasher. A dishwasher always comes with a manual, so make sure you have read and understood all that is provided. At the end of the day, you will save on money you would have spent in making repairs and your clean dishwasher will serve you for a long time.