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Dishwasher Cleaning

Updated: Feb 16

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I didn't know dishwashers needed anything other than detergent -- and rinse aid, since a screen blinks if I don't have enough in the spot. Before I go any further, it should go without saying, but I'm going to say it -- this is not advice (of any kind). I am just sharing what I normally do. What works in my dishwasher may not work for yours. For the last little while, I've been using ECOS dishwasher gel, which gets an 'A' rating on, but I still think there could be something better out there - performance and ingredient-wise. For rinse aid, I use the Ecover brand, which is also rated as an 'A." However, I tried their toilet bowl cleaner (rated 'B') and the scent was overwhelmingly strong! If you want to read how I got the smell out and other toilet cleaning things, watch out for my upcoming toilet cleaning post!

But, our dishwasher definitely needs regular maintenance. In the bottom, there's a little reservoir that collects water - I've been told it's from the condensation of the dishes. The filter sits in the reservoir and gets quite moldy if it's not drained out (with a turkey baster, thanks to my friend Rickie for that tip, lol) and scrubbed. I soak it in a mix of EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate, dish soap, and hot water - it would be ideal to do this weekly, but I usually only remember before we go out of town, so it happens monthly/bimonthly. I don't know why that's the time I seem to remember to do it, but I am trying to do it more often.

When the soap, hot water, and EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate are filling up, I dip a washcloth in (before I put back in the dirty filters) to clean the inside of the dishwasher. I often find mold likes to build up near the rubber gaskets and along the door. Then, as the filters are soaking, I spray the inside of my dishwasher down with EC3 Mold Solution Spray and let it air dry. Speaking of which, just like my clothes washer, I keep my dishwasher door ajar when not in use.

After soaking, scrubbing, and rinsing the micro and macro filters and the top separating layer, I set them on a paper towel to dry...but first, I squirt them down with EC3 Mold Solution Spray and let it air dry. Normally, this means I let it sit on the counter before I leave the house and have to make sure I remember to put it back in the dishwasher before the next cycle, when I'm back in town.

Whenever I clean the filters, it's a great time to clean out the garbage disposal, too, haha! Anyways, these are the steps I'm taking to maintain our dishwasher.

I didn't know washers needed maintenance, either...but here I am, learning all the things! Check out this post to read how I clean my washer. And while we're on the subject, I have to include my post on laundry in general.

Use my affiliate code: SATIATEDBLONDE to save on EC3 products. Do you have a maintenance plan for your appliances? Tell me in the comments. As always, #GetSatiated.

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