How To Properly Clean A Smelly Dishwasher

Nothing makes your dishes appear dirtier than a strange odour every time you open the dishwasher; after all, how could something that stinks so bad clean your dishes? The final step in the instructions below, which uses vinegar and baking soda to get rid of dishwasher odours, can provide a quick fix, but we at Dishwasher Repair Perth recommend a deep cleaning to get to the root of the problem. Here’s how to thoroughly and effectively clean a dishwasher.

Why Does My Dishwasher Have a Bad Smell?

Consider the reasons why your dishwasher stinks before moving on to the instructions. First, it’s possible that standing water is causing mould to grow inside the dishwasher. This can also happen if the dishwasher door is left closed for an extended period of time, such as while you’re on vacation.

Food particles could also build up in the dishwasher’s drain filter, drain hose, spray arm, and other areas. If the particles are made up of fish, eggs, or other strong-smelling foods, the odour could be particularly rancid.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps to cleaning your stinky dishwasher.

Examine for Food

It appears to be a no-brainer, right? When it comes to generating bad dishwasher odours, believe us when we say that old food is the biggest culprit. By a long shot. Remove any food or grime that may have gotten stuck at the bottom of the machine. Get rid of the old food and the stench. When your dishwasher stinks, sometimes the solution is as simple as that. That is, hopefully, the case for you. The smell of rotten eggs isn’t always just rotten eggs.

Clean the Dishwasher Filter

Here’s another easy trick that’s often overlooked. Remove the filter and clean it. Although not every dishwasher has one, if yours does, remove it and discard anything trapped inside. Old food and caked grease will hide in there, and your dishwasher will stink before you know it. So, if your dishwasher has a filter, make sure it’s clean. You could also try some other simple maintenance measures to reduce odour-causing threats. Before attempting to service anything on your own, consult your owner’s manual for guidance.

Air drying

Your dishwasher is well-sealed. You’d end up with water all over the floor if it didn’t. Unfortunately, leftover water from a wash cycle can cause your dishwasher to smell, and the seal will keep noxious odours trapped inside. What’s your best line of defence? Allow the dishwasher to air dry by opening the door. Consider it a way of allowing your dishwasher to breathe so that you can breathe easier the next time you use it.

Now that you’ve de-funked your dishwasher, you might be inspired to give it some TLC by giving it a thorough cleaning. Maybe you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level with our dishwashing guide and go even deeper. On the other hand, if you just want to clean your dishwasher once a month with a dishwasher cleaner, that’s fine.

How To Prevent Dishwasher Smells

Once your dishwasher is clean and fresh, follow these preventative tips to keep it that way:

  • Before loading the dishes, scrape and rinse them.
  • Clean the drain filter on a regular basis.
  • Run vinegar and/or baking soda cycles on a regular basis to prevent odours from forming.
  • To avoid wasting resources, don’t use other hot water appliances while the dishwasher is running.