You regularly change your car's oil. You tune up your lawnmower each spring. Your dishwasher is just as much a machine as your car and lawnmower, so it should be maintained too. Because keep in mind: If it breaks, you're doing the dishes by HAND. Now, now, don't panic—just read our handy dishwasher maintenance tips. And before servicing any machine, what do we do? We read the owner’s manual (you too, guys). These tips work for most dishwashers, but in the rare case you find a discrepancy, follow your owner’s manual.
If your dishwasher has a filter, remove it and clean off any food or grime. Food can become trapped in the filter and impair cleaning.
Dishwashers have seals around the door rim to prevent the machine from leaking while running. Wipe down the rubber seals and the door with a damp cloth to prevent soil and grime from building up. A drop of Dawn® will do the trick.
Wipe down the spray arm with a damp towel. We recommend removing the spray arm to clear any blockages with a toothpick every six months. Refer to your owner’s manual for detailed instructions on how to remove and clean your spray arm.
Nice work! If you're ready to roll up your sleeves and get even more hands-on with maintenance, check out these steps for a thorough and proper dishwasher cleaning. In fact, you can empower yourself with loads of knowledge by reading our full dishwashing guide.
However, if you’d rather maintain your hydration with a cold beverage, an easy way to service your machine is by using Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner once a month. Just one pac in an empty wash cycle gives you a fresh, clean machine.
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