How to clean your dishwasher … kitchen helper

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Do you know what one of the most grotty spots in your home can be? You might be horrified to hear that it is your dishwasher, specifically your dishwasher filter. The filter works hard to catch food and grease from your plates and cutlery as part of the cleaning process, so it is important to clean the filter routinely to avoid your dishes becoming covered in gritty residue. A dirty filter also can result in some unpleasant odours so here’s how to clean yours. 

The filter is usually found at the bottom of the dishwasher and is usually near the spray arm. To reach it pull out the bottom rack and if there is a screen over the filter remove that. Twist to unlock the filter and then pull it up and out. Wash the filter in the sink using a soft brush like a toothbrush and dishwashing detergent. If it is really dirty you may want to leave it to soak for a while first. When it is clean, rinse with water and return it to the dishwasher, making sure you twist to lock it back in place.

As well as the filter, it’s a good idea to routinely clean the inside of the dishwasher using a soft cloth or brush. The best time to do this is when the dishwasher is empty so you can reach right into the corners easily. Make cleaning your dishwasher and the filter a part of your weekly cleaning regime and you’ll have sparkling clean dishes and a dishwasher that smells great.

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