Every time you run your dishwasher, it fills with hot water and detergent, but that does not mean that it is a self-cleaning appliance. Grease, food particles and soap scum can accumulate in the machine, providing a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause problems like sour smells, reduced efficiency and compromised cleaning capabilities.
Fortunately, a little basic maintenance can eliminate bacteria and grime and keep your dishwasher functioning smoothly. For the best results, your appliance should be cleaned once a month, but the chore is an easy one. To get the job done, you need to empty your dishwasher and gather: