Even though your dishwasher is a cleaning machine, its control panel and interior components will need periodic attention and care. Make sure you’re taking the right measures to clean dishes effectively and keep the dishwasher running smoothly. With a little regular cleaning and maintenance, this appliance will keep working hard for your family, so you can spend more time having fun and less time doing dishes.

Care and Maintenance

Follow these care and maintenance suggestions for your home’s dishwasher.

To Clean Dishes Effectively

Run the disposal before turning on the dishwasher. A clogged sink drain will cause a flood. Use only dishwasher detergent and only in the recommended amounts.

If the dishwasher isn’t directly wired, plug it into a grounded outlet only. Don’t use an extension cord.

To Clean the Dishwasher

Some parts of the dishwasher need cleaning.

Clean the control panel with a damp cloth. Dry it thoroughly.

Never use harsh abrasives to clean the dishwasher. Clean the strainer, pump, and spray arms every three months per the manufacturer’s instructions to remove objects that could clog the drain system.

Clean the dishwasher float periodically to prevent it from sticking; it controls the water level in the dishwasher. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the float.

Before cleaning the interior of the dishwasher, wait at least 20 minutes after a cycle for the heating element to cool down. Failure to do so could result in burn injuries.

To Remove Stains

Clean the stain with dishwasher detergent and water. If the iron in your water stains the dishwasher, clean the stains with a commercial soluble rust remover that’s safe for use in dishwashers.

To Check for Leaks

Inspect the dishwasher for leaks every six months. After washing a load of dishes, look along the front and underneath the dishwasher for water leaks.

Use only automatic dishwasher detergents. The wrong detergent can cause the dishwasher to leak.

Call a professional to have any leaks or clogs repaired immediately.

For more information about dishwashers, visit the manufacturer’s website.