No matter how old your dishwasher is, there is a good change it has some built up food particles that will lead to odor. Homeowners often neglect dishwasher cleaning because it seems like an appliance that cleans itself right? WRONG! If you don’t take the time to clean the dishwasher, you can end up with a stench on your dishes. Here are some things to try to get rid of the smell.
Clean the Filter
Dishwashers have filters, but most people forget to clean them. Set an alarm on your phone or an event in your calendar to remember to clean the filter monthly. The filter is normally on the bottom of the dishwasher. You will need to pull it out, use a hard brush and scrub it out. Check on your manufacturers model in order to make sure you are cleaning the filter in the right way.
Clean the Dishwasher
Once the filter is clean, you may still notice an odor in the machine itself. Dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar work well with a scrub brush to clean the soap scum and food debris off the walls of the dishwasher.
Use Professional Cleaning Agents
There are specific cleaning agents on the market that you can use to clean your machine. Some of these cleaning agents are designed to help break up food particles and allows them to pass freely through the drainage system. One of the concerns with these agents is they could do more harm than good to your home’s plumbing system.
We recommend contacting Vanderdoes Home Services for dishwasher troubleshooting. You may need to replace the drain pipe on the dishwasher as it could be cluttered with food. Call our office today to set up an appointment.