This is why you absolutely must clean the dishwasher filter – TIPS & TRICKS

This is why you absolutely must clean the dishwasher filter

Our home appliances are meant to make our lives easier. However, sometimes we forget to maintain and clean them! This is the case for the vacuum cleaner, but also for the washing machine to give just these examples. However, due to lack of cleaning, these various small and large household appliances develop bad odors that are sometimes very unpleasant and persistent. It can also affect their durability as failures are never far away. And of course, when a device intended for household hygiene is dirty, it does not bode well for hygiene in the home. And apparently the dishwasher (and especially its filter) is one of those appliances that you have to be extra careful with!

Often neglected cleaning for a disgusting result

On the social network TikTok, many internet users have lent themselves for the experience. After removing the bottom basket from their dishwasher, they unscrewed the filter and removed it from their appliance. To their surprise, they discovered a black dirt filter, smelly and covered with residue sticky and disgusting food.

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We tend to do dishwasher maintenance by frequently using baking soda and white vinegar. And while these household products are very effective, they still don’t allow you to reach hidden components like this filter. As a result, the latter becomes heavily clogged. However, this minor oversight can unfortunately be to the advantage of the development of unpleasant odors and molds. In addition, over time, it can clog the water drain, which can cause problems later on. This shows how important it is to clean the filter system in addition to the rest of your dishwasher.

How to clean the dishwasher filter?

Ideally, perform the cleaning on a switched off and if possible disconnected device for safety. If necessary, also shut off the water supply to prevent water flow. To access the filter, remove the bottom basket. This gives you access to the bottom of the dishwasher. If you don’t succeed, consult the user manual device (you can find it on the internet by typing its model number and name into a search engine if you have thrown it away).

Then you can remove the larger residue and wipe off some of the dirt. Toss them in the trash to keep your sink from clogging. Rinse your filter with hot water, even if that requires adding a little washing-up liquid to take advantage of its degreasing power, or letting it sit for two or three minutes if it’s very greasy. A brush or sponge can come in handy at this stage for the most stubborn stains. Finally, rinse thoroughly and replace the filter in its original position.

If it’s very old or in bad shape, consider replacing it too!