You’ve just finished emptying out the dishwasher, and you just happen to catch a whiff of a weird smell, which is surprising because it just finished cleaning your dishes. Sometimes our kitchen appliances can develop an odour that needs tending to. But don’t worry – a little elbow grease and some preventative maintenance will keep your dishwasher clean and odour-free.
This may take a little time to get used to, but the benefits will outweigh the effort. Start by rinsing off your dishes before placing them on the racks. This will prevent extra chunks of food from accumulating on the bottom of the dishwasher or in the filter.
With a cloth and a small amount of dishwashing liquid, open up the dishwasher and clean all the seals. Next wipe out the bottom of the dishwasher, removing any pieces of food you see. You may also want to wipe down the walls as well. Finally, pull out the filter and give it a really good rinse in the sink.
If you’re a plate-rinser from way back and your dishwasher still smells, try doing a citrus cleanse. Cut a lemon in half, place both halves in a bowl on the bottom rack and turn on the dishwasher. The lemons will heat up and deodorize your machine.
If you don’t have any lemons handy, place a bowl of vinegar on the bottom rack and run your dishwasher like normal. Vinegar is a natural cleansing agent and should do the trick.
Vinegar will also help remove hard water deposits too. If you think hard water deposits may be contributing to the smell, pour two cups of vinegar into the bottom and run the dishwasher on a low or energy-saving cycle.
If your dishwasher isn’t being run once a day, you may want to utilize a rinse and hold cycle. When dirty dishes sit in the racks for extended periods of time, the food on them can start to go bad and give off an unpleasant odour. By rinsing them before loading them or running a quick rinse cycle, you can avoid this.
Want more tips for keeping your home appliances working their best? Check out our previous post: 4 DIY Home Appliance Maintenance and Repair Tips.
If your Kamloops appliances are in need of repair or replacement, come and see the appliance experts at Genier’s in Vernon. Besides offering service on everything we sell, we also carry some of the best brands in home appliances, including Bosch, Miele, and Whirlpool appliances. We promise it’s worth the trip to Vernon!