Dishwasher Maintenance: General Maintenance Information
In order for your dishwasher to wash your dishes, you need to pay attention to some general information.
- The rinsing process works best with soft water, which is also low in lime. Since the hardness of the water is not the same everywhere, the dishwasher incorporates a so-called ion exchanger that removes limescale from the water. However, the dishwasher needs regenerating salt for this, which you will need to replenish periodically. Either your dishwasher has its own screen for this, or you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Run a vacuum rinse cycle at at least 60°C about once a month. Some dishwashers also have special cleaning programs. See below for more information.
- Also, don’t forget to regularly refill your rinse aid, which you can easily do yourself. Your device has a screen for this or you can get the information from the manufacturer’s information. In general, the rinse aid is used to ensure that no water stains remain on the dishes after rinsing and that they dry faster.
- Also remember to regularly remove food debris from the sieve and filter. We’ll explain in a moment how it works best.
Dishwasher maintenance: these home remedies will help you
It’s annoying: the new dishwasher washes dishes very well, but after using it for a while, you realize that some of your dishes are still dirty when you take them out of the appliance.
- This is mainly because your dishwasher has not been serviced. To keep your dishes really clean, it’s important to maintain your dishwasher properly. This not only guarantees clean dishes, but also a longer life for the appliance.
- The filter and screen should be removed and cleaned periodically. It is best to use a small brush and lemon cleanser for this. You can do this at home with very simple household items. All you need is vinegar essence, water, and citrus peel.
- The spray arms can also become clogged with food debris and thus interfere with the rinsing process. Remove them and clean them with a strong jet of water. A toothpick can also help remove dirt. Some spray arms can even be opened, which makes cleaning much easier.
- When cleaning, you do not need to resort to expensive special cleaners, but you can use baking soda and vinegar to clean. To do this, sprinkle a tablespoon or two of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and add a little vinegar to the dust compartment. Then start a rinse cycle without pre-rinse, preferably at high temperature. Do not open the dishwasher after washing until it has cooled down.
- It is not only important to clean the inside of the dishwasher, but also the outside. Rubber gaskets, in particular, are prone to food residue and mold growth due to their narrow grooves. Therefore, you should also clean them regularly. You can use a vinegar cleaner to do this.
- If scale has not yet formed, you can put the lemon peel in the cutlery basket and start the rinsing process. However, you should avoid this if you can already see limescale, as citric acid forms calcium citrate with limescale at high temperatures, which is even more difficult to remove than limescale.