We clean the food off our plate, then the dishwasher cleans the plates. But who or what cleans the dishwasher? It’s an odd thought, because it feels like cleaning equipment should already be clean, but your dishwasher does get dirty. Soap residue, food debris, dust, and other dirt can build up inside. And since the dishwasher is such an essential part of the kitchen, nobody wants to risk that.
The ‘why’ of cleaning a dishwasher is simple. When debris or residue accumulates inside, it could cause the machine to malfunction or damage its mechanisms. Food debris also risks inviting unwanted creatures into your appliance — and the last thing you want is bacteria in your cleaning equipment. As for when to clean, once a month is fine, unless an accident happens.
Need to know where to get started on how to maintain your dishwasher? Here’s a handy how-to guide to keep one of your most important appliances in good condition, so you’ll always have clean dishes at the ready.