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How to Make Your Dishwasher Last Over a Decade

Your dishwasher is a key to a clean kitchen. If you want your dishwasher to live out its full potential, follow these 11 tips! With great care, you could get up to 15 years of use out of your dishwasher.

How To Take Care Of Your Dishwasher

1. Check your filter at least once a week

The filter is the part of the dishwasher floor that catches food scraps. Some say that you should check the filter after every single load. If you have the time, then definitely do that! At a minimum, check your filter once a week. It can get clogged and cause your dishwasher to overflow.

2. Monitor the temperature

If your hot water heater allows the water to get to an almost boiling temperature, you should turn the setting down. The hotter water temps can melt parts within the dishwasher causing parts to warp over time. Ideally, your water temperature will be between 120 and 125 degrees.

3. Clean the sprayer arms

The sprayer arms are the fan looking pieces on the top or bottom of the washer. Clean these about once a month with a gentle solution. This will prevent build up.

4. Look for rust

Most dishwashers are made with stainless steel parts inside so it is very unlikely that they will rust. But if you do see rust on any part of your dishwasher, replace it immediately to prevent further damage.

5. Run cleansing cycles

Run the dishwasher every once in awhile with just vinegar and water (without dishes). This refreshes the machine and takes off the gunk build up.

6. Scrape your dishes before putting them in the washer

Take an extra second to get all of the big clumps of food off of your plates. This puts less strain on your dishwasher.

7. Use liquid dishwasher soap

Powdered detergent has been known to clump up and cause backups and/or residue. Do not confuse this with the dish washing soap that is for hand washing your dishes.

8. Don't overload it

Your dishwasher won't work properly if it is jam packed with dishes. Leave room for water to properly hit all of your dishes.

9. Run it consistently

Aim to run your dishwasher at least once a day. It keeps the dishwasher from getting stale and will prevent you from piling up dishes.

10. Invest in a water softener

Hard water is destructive on not only your dishwasher but all of your appliances in your home. You will even notice a difference during your showers!

11. Wipe down the gaskets

Every month or so, get into the crevices and clean the gaskets of your dishwasher. This will eliminate the risk of your dishwasher leaking.