IS IT NORMAL FOR A DISHWASHER TO SMELL?
If your dishwasher has a new plastic smell, this is normal and should dissipate in about two weeks. Try using affresh® dishwasher cleaner to help remove the odor.1 If your dishwasher has a slight petroleum smell, this can also be normal. Some models have sound-deadening material that smells like petroleum; the smell usually dissipates in 4–6 weeks. A varnish smell can also be normal, as some motor windings are treated with a varnish. This smell should wear off in approximately one month.
If your dishwasher smells like fish or rotten food, you may have a clogged dishwasher drain or a dirty filter. A sewage or wet dog smell can point to a drainage problem which may require professional inspection. For these types of smells, continue reading to learn more about their causes and potential fixes.
1. affresh® brand products and the recommending brands’ products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.