How To Clean Your Dishwasher

Cleaning your dishwasher should be a task you take on regularly, or a buildup of waste could block key parts of your machine. Have you found your dishwasher isn’t cleaning as well as it should be? The chances are it isn’t broken, but simply needs its monthly clean. And remember, the cleanliness of your dishwasher is directly related to the cleanliness and hygiene of your glasses and dishes too… so if you want a machine that is long lasting with sparkly glasses and dishes after every wash, here’s what to do.

  • What to use to clean your dishwasher
  • How to clean the inside of your dishwasher
  • How to clean the outside of your dishwasher
  • How often should I clean my dishwasher?

What to use to clean your dishwasher

In order to clean your dishwasher effectively, you’ll need to use a good dishwasher cleaner. Our Finish Dual Action Dishwasher Cleaner is a dual layer formula that cleans your dishwasher by fighting grease, limescale and odor – particularly in the hidden parts of your machine. It works by safely and effectively breaking down and removing buildup inside your machine, including the hardest-to-reach parts like the heating element and sprayer arms.

How to clean the inside of your dishwasher

To clean inside of your dishwasher, follow these simple steps using Finish Dual Action Dishwasher Cleaner:

Step 1: Empty your dishwasher so that there is nothing left in it

Step 2: Take your bottle of Finish and instead of removing the cap, take off the sticker from the top of the bottle to expose a wax plug

Step 3: Place the Dishwasher Cleaner bottle upside down inside the silverware basket or anywhere in the bottom of the dish rack

Step 4: Close the dishwasher door and put your dishwasher on its hottest cycle

Step 5: After the cycle is complete and the dishwasher is off, remove the bottle and discard

How to clean the outside of your dishwasher

While our dishwashing cleaner covers everything inside your dishwasher, you’ll want to clean the outside too – that is, after all, the part that everyone sees! Clean the door and any buttons with a cloth and some hot soapy water for a dishwasher that looks as good on the outside as it does inside!

How often should I clean my dishwasher?

As a rule, we would recommend cleaning your dishwasher once a week with our Finish In Wash Dishwasher cleaner. This should help to keep grease and grime at bay. However, here are some signs that indicate your dishwasher needs some extra attention:

  • An unpleasant smell
  • Food build-up in the filter of your machine
  • Cutlery / crockery leaves a cycle covered with food or grease
  • Rusting inside of the machine
  • Food in the sprayer arm

Aside from this, there are also less obvious issues, such as build-up of grease and limescale occurring in the hidden but vital parts of your machine. If you’ve spotted any of these problems, use Finish Dual Action Dishwasher Cleaner to tackle all those tough to reach spots. We recommend using dual cleaner once a month to help prevent build-up and help keep everything in tip-top condition.

By knowing how and when to clean your dishwasher, you’re maintaining one of your most useful kitchen assets. You’ll not only lengthen its lifespan, but make sure your dishes and glasses come out sparkling every single time.