Jeff Patterson, handyman expert and founder of Home Repair Tutor, is dedicated to empowering homeowners to do it themselves. His detailed, easy-to-tackle instructions on everything from oven cleaning to carpet removal make it easy for everyone, regardless of domestic expertise, to learn how to improve their homes.
One of the more frustrating kitchen maintenance issues is a dishwasher that doesn't clean properly and leaves residue behind. Therefore, Patterson explains how to improve dishwasher functionality by first reaching for the appliance's spray arms, removing them (below) and then cleaning any gunk-filled holes with a steel cable or wire clothes hanger.
Once the spray arms are removed and the holes have been cleaned, soak the spray arms in white vinegar. According to Patterson, white vinegar will naturally breakdown old dishwasher soap and any other buildup. Watch Patterson's video (below) to learn how to make a white vinegar bath.
Next, clean the inside of the dishwasher. Get into the reservoir, clean the fine filter, and check the bottom of the dishwasher for any debris.
To eliminate residue and scale buildup, clean below the coarse filter using a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda (Patterson's website offers more detailed instructions). And then finally, go to town using a toothbrush, scrubbing the rubber seals of the dishwasher.
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