How Do I Help Remove Odors and Mineral Deposits From My Dishwasher?
Cleaning your dishwasher with vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner should be part of your regular maintenance routine. However, some issues may require you to undertake a deeper cleaning routine. Extremely hard water mineral deposits can cause damage to your dishwasher and make it difficult to achieve a good cleaning, so a water softener is strongly recommended if your water hardness is 15 grains or more.
Unwanted dishwasher smells can range from the plastic smell of a new appliance to musty and spoiled smells that come from standing water or rancid food. If you only run your dishwasher every two or three days, try running a “rinse only” cycle each day until you have full load to help keep odors under control. Odors like petroleum, varnish or plastic often accompany a new dishwasher, and should dissipate within a few weeks. To accelerate the process, try running a white vinegar rise or using affresh® dishwasher cleaner to help reduce odors faster.
If your house is equipped with hard water or water with a high mineral content, you’re more likely to run into significant mineral build-up inside the dishwasher and on your dishes. Try using a liquid rinse aid and keep the rinse aid dispenser filled at all times to help keep mineral build-up at bay. Plus, learn more about how to fix a dishwasher that’s not getting water at all.