Homemade lasagna. Lemon sole. They smell great while they’re cooking. But when they’re sitting inside your dishwasher, not so much. Food particles, grease, and grime not only slow your dishwasher’s performance but can also leave you with a funky smelling dishwasher. Here are some tips to take your dishwasher odor from foul to fresh. Before we get started, please review your owner’s manual. These instructions work for most dishwashers, but in the rare case you find a discrepancy, follow your owner’s manual.
1. Check For Food.
The biggest culprit to bad dishwasher odors is old food. Check for any food or grime that may have fallen to the bottom of the machine.
2. Clean The Filter.
If your dishwasher has a filter, remove it and throw away anything trapped inside. Consult your owner’s manual for help.
3. Add Cascade Dishwasher Cleaner.
For best results, use a premium dishwasher cleaner and run your empty dishwasher on its longest cycle.
4. Air Dry.
Residual water leftover after the cycle can sometimes cause your dishwasher to smell. Open the door and air out the dishwasher.
Clean dishes and a clean dishwasher. Breathe it in. Ahhh, much better.