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Dishwasher cleaning | How to clean your dishwasher thoroughly?

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Very few people clean their dishwasher regularly. It does not seem necessary: the dishwasher gets rinsed daily with detergent and hot water, so why would you waste time on cleaning it? But for the best washing results and to prevent nasty smells and unwelcome malfunctions, this machine also needs to be cleaned thoroughly regularly. If your dishwasher starts to smell or does not clean the dishes properly anymore, it is time for a good cleaning! Most people cannot even imagine a life without a dishwasher anymore, so good maintenance is crucial to get the most out of your machine.

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Causes of an invisibly dirty dishwasher

dishwasher cleaningWhy does my dishwasher smell? There might be several causes. The most common cause is not rinsing the dishes properly before loading them into the dishwasher. Food remains on the plates and can block the filters. The rubber seals also get dirty because of grease, food remains or other grime. In addition, some crucial dishwasher parts can get build up from limescale, soap and dirt, which means your dishes do not get completely clean. In addition to regular cleaning, you can also prevent dishwasher problems in various ways.
 

3 tips on how to clean your dishwasher

HG for smelly dishwashers is thé product and the best way to clean dishwashers 1 to 2 times per week to prevent nasty smells.  In addition, you can use the HG service engineer for washing machines and dishwashers once every 3 months to prevent malfunctions. But of course you prefer to prevent your dishwasher getting dirty and starting to smell. This calls for proper use of the machine: 

1. Rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. 
Wipe off the plates and rinse the glasses and pans under the tap before loading them into the dishwasher. This way less waste will end up in the dishwasher, preventing your filter from becoming dirty and also preventing nasty smells and blocks. Do not throw food leftovers down the sink, because this can lead to blocked drains.

2. Do not overload the dishwasher. 
It is important not to load the dishwasher above its capacity. Do not stack pans or plates on top of each other and make sure there is enough free space so everything can be cleaned thoroughly. This will also lead to fewer food remains in the dishwasher and will prevent nasty smells and blocks.

3. Clean the dishwasher filter regularly.
The filter keeps food remains from getting stuck in the drains. The water in the dishwasher circulates, which means that any grime in the filter does too. Things stuck in the filter will also cause nasty smells, which you do not want of course. And eventually the filter can get blocked, which diminishes the functioning of your machine.

4. Clean the rubber seals of the dishwasher
The rubber seals in the machine also get dirty quite quickly. Use a damp cloth to regularly clean the rubber parts.
 

Best way to clean the dishwasher

Blogs and other websites give various DIY solutions for cleaning your dishwasher. Note: these methods do not guarantee success. In addition to the use of vinegar, lemon and soda HG has developed products specifically for this problem.

3 DIY methods on how to clean your dishwasher

1. Cleaning with white vinegar
Fill a small container with white vinegar and put it in the dishwasher during a normal washing cycle. For extra thorough cleaning you can spray some white vinegar onto the bottom of the dishwasher and run a hot cycle. Do this when the dishwasher is empty.

2. Cleaning with lemon
For regular cleaning: sprinkle a couple of drops of lemon juice on the dirty dishes and turn the dishwasher on. You can also do this with an empty dishwasher, but that would be a waste of power and water.

For thorough cleaning: pour some white vinegar onto the bottom of the machine and put a couple of slices of lemon in the cutlery tray. Then run the machine on an intensive programme.

3. Cleaning the dishwasher with baking soda.

Put one teaspoon of baking soda in the dishwasher soap tray. Run the empty machine on the most intensive programme. Make sure not to put more than one teaspoon of baking soda in the soap tray. Too much of it can damage the rubber seals in the dishwasher.

Do these DIY methods not work? Then try the various solutions from HG developed especially for effective and safe dishwasher cleaning.

Cleaning invisible dirt with HG

how to clean dishwasherDishwashers do not always smell terribly fresh, and at times they simply stink. Grease, food and soap deposits in the drains, filters and rubber seals are the cause of this. HG for smelly dishwashers removes those deposits effectively so that the dishwasher smells wonderfully fresh again for a long period of time. Using this product also improves hygiene and produces cleaner dishes. For the best results, we advise using this cleaner once every other week - without dishes. Cleaning a dishwasher and making it smell fresh has never been so easy!

Our HG service engineer for washing machines and dishwashers prevents and solves unnecessary malfunctions. By using this product once every 3 months, you prevent build up in hard to see and hard to reach areas, such as filters, siphons and drainage pipes. This prevents malfunctions. The product ensures that the rubber seals in your dishwasher remain flexible and watertight so that there is no leakage, defect or short circuiting. It also prevents your dishwasher from nasty smells.

Do you have a good tip for how to clean your dishwasher? Let us know!

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