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How to Clean and Maintain Your Dishwasher



Keeping your dishwasher clean and well-maintained is crucial for ensuring it functions effectively and has a long lifespan. At Texas Cleaning Services, we understand the importance of a spotless kitchen, and that includes your appliances. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you clean and maintain your dishwasher, ensuring it performs at its best.

Why Clean Your Dishwasher?

Even though your dishwasher cleans your dishes, it also needs regular cleaning to remove food particles, grease, and soap scum that can build up over time. A dirty dishwasher can lead to unpleasant odors, inefficient performance, and even breakdowns.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

1. Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need:

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • A soft brush or toothbrush

  • A microfiber cloth

  • Dishwasher-safe bowl

2. Empty the Dishwasher

Make sure your dishwasher is empty before you start the cleaning process. Remove the racks and utensil holders to give you better access to the interior.

3. Clean the Filter

The filter traps food particles and prevents them from recirculating on your dishes. Remove the filter (usually located at the bottom of the dishwasher) and rinse it under warm water. Use a soft brush to scrub away any stubborn debris.

4. Wipe Down the Interior

Using a microfiber cloth, wipe down the interior walls and door of the dishwasher. Pay extra attention to the edges and corners where grime tends to accumulate. For tough spots, dip the cloth in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar.

5. Run a Vinegar Cycle

Place a dishwasher-safe bowl filled with one cup of white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a hot water cycle. The vinegar will help break down any grease, soap scum, and other residues inside the dishwasher.

6. Sprinkle Baking Soda

After the vinegar cycle, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short hot water cycle. Baking soda will help remove stains and deodorize your dishwasher, leaving it fresh and clean.

7. Clean the Exterior

Don’t forget the outside of your dishwasher! Wipe down the door and control panel with a damp microfiber cloth. For stainless steel surfaces, use a stainless steel cleaner to avoid streaks and fingerprints.

Regular Maintenance Tips

1. Check and Clean the Spray Arms

Spray arms can get clogged with food particles, affecting the dishwasher’s cleaning performance. Remove the spray arms and rinse them under warm water. Use a toothpick to clear any clogged holes.

2. Inspect the Seals

Check the rubber seals around the door for any signs of mold, mildew, or cracks. Wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any residue and ensure a tight seal.

3. Use Dishwasher Cleaner

Consider using a commercial dishwasher cleaner once a month to maintain its efficiency. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

4. Run Hot Water Before Starting

Before starting a load, run the hot water in your sink until it gets hot. This ensures that your dishwasher starts with hot water, improving its cleaning performance.

5. Load Correctly

Avoid overcrowding your dishwasher and ensure that dishes are loaded according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. This allows water and detergent to circulate properly, ensuring a thorough clean.


Regular cleaning and maintenance of your dishwasher not only improve its performance but also extend its lifespan. By following these simple steps, you can keep your dishwasher running efficiently and your kitchen sparkling clean.

At Texas Cleaning Services, we’re dedicated to helping you maintain a clean and healthy home. For professional cleaning services and more tips, contact us today!

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