Eliminate dishwasher odors
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Photo 1: Clean the screen
We found this cool
growing in our “clean”
dishwasher. Clean the screen at the bottom of your dishwasher.
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Photo 2: Clean the sprayer arm ports
Poke food particles from the holes in the sprayer arm.
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Photo 3: Clean the door lip
Tip the door down all the way and spray the bottom edge and lip
area with cleaner/degreaser spray. Let it soak for a while, then
scrub it clean. Repeat anytime you see buildup.
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Photo 4: Add a cleaner
Add a special cleaner and run a full dishwashing cycle.
If you smell bad dishwasher odors after running a cycle, don't reach for the bleach bottle. Bleach is very corrosive
to metal parts and doesn't solve
the root problem. The smell comes
from bacteria that feed on trapped
food and grease in the strainer screen
at the bottom of the machine, in the
jets in the sprayer arms and along the
bottom edge of the door.
Start by cleaning and rinsing out
the screen at the bottom of the tub (Photo 1). Next, clean out any
food lodged in the ports of the sprayer arm (Photo 2).
Then clean off the bottom edge of the door and the metal
lip area that sits below the door (Photo 3). You'll be
surprised at how much crud is there.
Once you've cleaned those areas, throw in a bottle of
dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant (Dishwasher
Magic; order from amazon.com) and run a full cycle with
no dishes or dishwashing detergent (Photo 4). Keep those critical
areas clean in the future and your stinking problem
won't come back.