Is Your Dishwasher Smelly? Here’s How to Clean It and Keep It Fresh

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Is Your Dishwasher Smelly? Here’s How to Clean It and Keep It Fresh
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Your dishwasher might be smelly, but there’s no need to worry – we’ve got the perfect solution for you! In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to clean a smelly dishwasher and keep it smelling fresh. We will also provide some tips on how to prevent your dishwasher from becoming smelly in the first place. So read on for all the information you need to get your dishwasher looking and smelling great!

Why dishwashers get smelly and how to prevent it

If you’ve ever opened your dishwasher to find it smellier than your dirty dishes, you’re not alone. Dishwashers are notorious for trapping bad smells, and over time, these odors can become quite strong. The good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent your dishwasher from getting smelly in the first place.

First, make sure to scrape off any food scraps from your dishes before loading them into the machine. These bits of food can rot and release foul-smelling gases. Second, don’t forget to clean the gasket around the door of your dishwasher; this area can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Finally, run your dishwasher with a cup of vinegar in the detergent compartment every month or so; this will help to remove any build-up of gunk that could be causing odors.

By taking these simple precautions, you can keep your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean.

How to clean your dishwasher – the easy way!

Cleaning your dishwasher may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite easy – and it’s something you should do on a regular basis to keep your dishes sparkling clean. Here’s how to clean your dishwasher the easy way:

  1. First, remove any food or grease build-up from the filters. These can be cleaned with warm, soapy water.
  2. Next, wipe down the interior of the dishwasher with a damp cloth. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies!
  3. Now it’s time to clean the spray arm. First, remove it and soak it in a bowl of vinegar for 30 minutes. Then, use a brush to remove any stubborn build-up.
  4. Finally, run the dishwasher on a hot cycle with no dishes inside. This will help to remove any remaining residue and leave your dishwasher looking and smelling fresh and clean!

Tips for keeping your dishwasher smelling fresh

Here are a few tips for keeping your dishwasher smelling fresh:

  1. Run it empty once a week: This will help to remove any build-up of soap scum or food particles.
  2. Wipe down the door and seals: Use a damp cloth to wipe down the door and seals, which can collect dirt and grime.
  3. Clean the filter: Your dishwasher’s filter should be cleaned every few months to prevent it from becoming clogged.
  4. Deodorize with baking soda: Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle.
  5. Use vinegar: Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that can help to remove odors. Simply add a cup of vinegar to the dishwasher and run it on an empty cycle.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean.

FAQs about dishwashers and smell

As anyone who has ever had a dishwasher knows, they can be a godsend when it comes to cleanup after a big meal. But they can also be a source of strange smells, especially if they’re not properly maintained. Here are some frequently asked questions about dishwashers and smell:

Why does my dishwasher smell bad?

If your dishwasher smells bad, it may be due to food particles or grease build-up on the heating element. To clean the heating element, remove it and soak it in vinegar overnight. Then, scrub it with a nylon brush and rinse thoroughly.

How can I prevent my dishwasher from smelling bad?

To prevent your dishwasher from smelling bad, make sure to clean it regularly. Use a toothbrush or other small brush to clean the crevices where food and grease can build up. You should also run an empty cycle with vinegar once a month to help remove any lingering smells.

What should do if my dishwasher still smells bad?

If your dishwasher still smells bad after cleaning it, you may need to replace the seals or gaskets. These can wear out over time, allowing water and odors to escape. Replacing them is a relatively easy process that you can do yourself. Simply order new seals or gaskets from your local appliance store and follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for installation.

Final thoughts on keeping your dishwasher smell-free!

And there you have it, folks! A dishwasher is a wonderful appliance that can make your life easier, but only if it’s properly maintained. So remember to clean it regularly, descale it when necessary, and troubleshoot any issues that arise.

And if all else fails, just ask your friendly neighborhood Western Rooter tech for help. They’ll be happy to lend a hand – and maybe even give your dishwasher a good scrub while they’re at it.

Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you can take action and keep your dishwasher smelling fresh for years to come. And if you still have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us today. We’re always happy to help!

John, Larry, Mike, owners of Western Rooter & Plumbing

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If you’re having plumbing issues or emergencies, contact Western Rooter & Plumbing online or call our dispatch center at (626) 448-6455. We are the Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley’s number one plumbers – don’t wait, call now!

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