Part 2: How to clean my dishwasher filter
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Supplies: Warm soapy water and a toothbrush
Why it's important: A well-maintained dishwasher filter can mean the difference between sparkling clean tableware and items marred by unsightly, unsanitary stuck-on food. Not only is this frustrating, but you’re using additional energy to rewash them, whether with hot water by hand or sending them through the wash again. Before you run out and buy a new dishwasher or special cleaner, check the filter.
STEP 1: Remove the bottom rack and locate your dishwasher’s filter. The location on the bottom will depend on the brand of dishwasher. When in doubt, you can refer to the owner’s manual, or nowadays, you can Google the model number to find your specific brand’s location.
STEP 2: Once you find your filter, remove the upper, cylindrical filter by twisting to unlock it. In most models, the filter twists counterclockwise, but there should be arrows indicating the correct direction. Once unlocked, pull up gently to remove the filter.
STEP 3: After you lift the filter out, examine the area where the filter is installed. You might be surprised by what you find.
STEP 4: Hand-wash the filter with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly under running water. For stubborn pieces of food, gently use an old toothbrush.
STEP 5: Place the clean filter back into the dishwasher. Turn the filter until it locks into place. Give the spray arm a quick spin to ensure that it’s not being blocked. Now your dishwasher is ready for the next load of dirty dishes.
Bonus tip: Clean every 3-6 months depending on dishwasher’s performance. Use the eco-mode to air dry and save even more.
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