Tips on Keeping Your Dishwasher Healthy

Nothing beats the convenience of a dishwasher when it comes to keeping your kitchen running smoothly. There are several easy practices you can do to keep your dishwasher happy and healthy too. Whether you’re sticking with your current dishwasher or planning on a new dishwasher installation in Gaithersburg, MD, try adding the following items to your routine.

Exercise it Regularly

Today’s dishwashers feature everything from intelligent soil sensors to germ-sanitizing settings to more efficient use of water (and hence more savings on your water bills). And like anything else with a lot of moving parts, one of the best things you can do to keep your dishwasher running is to use it regularly. Running your dishwasher daily or at least every other day will prevent residue build-up in the dishwasher interior as well as in the drain.

Avoid Junk Food

More seriously, avoid feeding your dishwasher any food, whether its junk food or wholesome. Even if you’re feeding your dishwasher plates with remnants of uneaten kale and Swiss chard, you’re likely filling your dishwasher with contents that may eventually have a negative impact on its performance. The bottom line is: Remove chunks of food from your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. You don’t need to pre-wash the dishes; just wipe any food chunks into the trash beforehand.

Practice Good Hygiene

And finally, the dishwasher itself will benefit from being washed occasionally. In addition to cleaning the drain trap regularly, be sure to give the dishwasher’s interior a good wiping with an all-purpose cleaner or a mix of vinegar and water.

These are just a few of the practices that will keep your dishwasher running smoothly for years to come. Check your dishwasher’s user manual for other ideas. For new and old dishwashers alike, doing these practices regularly will go a long way toward keeping the repair person away.

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