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Dated: August 17 2021

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What to Do If Your Dishwasher Is Terrible at Cleaning Your Dishes

As kitchen appliances go, there are few loved more than the dishwasher.

They can be a major time saver – that is, if your dishes are coming out clean. Let's take a quick look at a few steps you can take if your dishwasher is not

doing its job.

Give It A Good Cleaning 

It may seem a bit strange to think about having to clean the dishwasher, but they do require maintenance from time to time. Grease, bits of food and leftover detergent can all build up, leading to reduced performance.

Here's one cleaning recipe to try. On the top rack of the dishwasher, place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container and run a cleaning cycle. Once it has finished, sprinkle about a cup of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher, and run it again. 

Check That You're Loading It Correctly

You might be surprised to learn that there is a 'right' and 'wrong' way to load a dishwasher, and that loading instructions vary between different models. If your dishes are not coming out sparkling clean, see if you can track down the operator's manual at home or online. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for how to load the dishes in the dish racks. This is a simple step that might fix the problem. 

Check That The Drainage Is Clear

Although you can't see anything clogging the inside of the drain filter, that does not mean that the drain itself is clear. Most dishwasher models allow you to take the internal drain assembly off so that you can get at the drain without having to pull out the dishwasher. If yours does, it is worth taking some time to get in there and clean out the gunk. A partially-blocked drain will lead to dirty dishes. A fully-blocked drain can lead to a messy catastrophe.

Still Not Working? Make The Call

If you have exhausted the list above and your dishwasher still isn't working correctly, it is time to call in an appliance repair professional. If you continue to use the dishwasher, it may end up failing and causing water damage to your kitchen flooring. If the dishwasher is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer as they will likely have a contract with a local repair shop. 

I may not be able to personally fix your dishwasher, but if you need help I have a list of local resources that can help you.  This is part of the service I offer to all my clients - before, during and even after the closing.

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Sara White

Helping families buy, sell and invest in Real Estate in Collingwood, Blue Mountains and Wasaga Beach. With over 25 years of business experience, I guarantee client satisfaction. Expert negotiation ski....

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