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How to Clean a Smelly Dishwasher

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The dishes are put away, the counter is wiped down, and your floors are clean. The only problem? Your kitchen has a foul odor. Chances are, the smell is coming from your dishwasher. If you’re experiencing this problem, don’t worry. We have several tips on cleaning your dishwasher and its main components: the filter, tub, and spray arms. 

Before we discuss how to remove foul odors, it’s important to understand what causes the problem in the first place.

Why Does My Dishwasher Smell?

Even when a dishwasher does its job, food particles and debris can linger. You might notice an odor if bacteria collects on your filter, tub walls, or spray arms. It doesn’t take long for this bacteria to multiply rapidly, leading to more unpleasant odors. Here’s how properly cleaning the filter, tub, and spray arms can effectively eliminate bacteria and odor in your dishwasher.

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

To keep your dishwasher clean and functioning at its best, it’s important to inspect the machine’s interior regularly. Follow these steps to ensure a clean and odor-free dishwasher. 

Clean the Drain Filter

You may not realize just how much debris your drain filter collects each time you run the appliance. That’s why it’s critical to clean it regularly. Here’s how:

  1. Locate the drain filter on the bottom of the dishwasher. Wash the filter in your kitchen sink with hot water and soap. We recommend using a toothbrush or bottle brush to make sure you clean hard-to-reach areas.
  2. Inspect the actual drain for debris and gunk. Wipe away any particles with a sponge.
  3. Re-install the drain filter. 

Clean the Tub

Food particles that stick to tub walls can also result in a smelly dishwasher. To clean the tub:

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  1. Pour a cup of white vinegar into a bowl.
  2. Place the bowl on the top rack.
  3. Run the appliance’s clean cycle. If your dishwasher doesn’t have this option, run a normal wash cycle. 

Commercial dishwasher cleaners also make your stubborn odors disappear. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use these products.

Clean the Spray Arms

To avoid a smelly dishwasher, you need to take the time for quick spray arm cleaning. Follow these steps, and your dishes will be clean in no time.

1. Remove the lower spray arm by lifting upward.

2. Unscrew the upper spray arm by turning counterclockwise with an adjustable wrench or pliers.

3. Use a pin or sharp metal tool to dislodge any visible particles that are trapped in crevices of holes on top of each spay arm. 

4. Run under running water if necessary.

5. Re-attach both pieces into place.

Monthly Cleanings Help Keep Odors Out Of Your Dishwasher Machine

By using these suggestions, you will prevent odors from building up within your dishwashing machine. In addition, monthly cleaning will help fight the issues that cause odor issues while improving its longevity. So go ahead and take action- start scrubbing now!

Did this post answer your question? If you have additional problems with your dishwasher smelling bad, call iFiX today!

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