Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Thinking that your dishwasher is clean, can be fatal for your machine. During normal use, grease, lime  and calcium scale, and soap scum, will build up in your machine. This build up will start clogging spray arms, piping and drains and put extra wear and tear on the pumps and motors.

Before you need to call the repairman, add cleaning your dishwasher on your monthly to do list.

Use the following instructions on cleaning your dishwasher to help it last a long time.

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up the door to your dishwasher and look inside at the bottom where the water drains out and anything that may have been stuck to your dishes likes to go to hide.Keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly by spending just a few minutes maintaining it each month!

If you do see anything, which you probably will, grab a paper towel and pick it up and remove it to the trash.Keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly by spending just a few minutes maintaining it each month!

Next, take a look at the interior of your dishwasher’s door. This is an area that most of us never think to look at, but it has a lot of grooves that can collect soap scum, food particles, and just general grime. Really, you’re going to be so surprised! If you haven’t done this in a couple of months (or ever) it will probably be pretty filthy!

Keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly by spending just a few minutes maintaining it each month!

Now for the fun (easy) part. Grab a bottle of Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner and let it do the rest for you! Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner has 5x Power Actions that help keep your machine clean and shiny, remove lime scale, clear grease, clean hidden parts that you can’t even see, and freshen the whole thing up! Plus is comes in a cool bottle. All you have to do is remove the little peel back tab on the top of the lid and place the bottle upside down in the bottom rack of your dishwasher.

See the great article with the full steps at

Keeping all of your dishwasher and all of your appliances clean and well maintained will save you from having to make a call the serviceman as often or replacing your machines.


DIY Dishwasher Replacement

If it is time for a dishwasher replacement, whether the current one stopped working or you decide it is time to replace it. Removing the old dishwasher and installing a new one is a project most DIY homeowners can accomplish without too much trouble. You will need a few tools and some basic knowledge of plumbing and electric.

Most dishwashers come in standard sizes so you can easily install a new one without any cabinet modification.

A few issues that you could possibly come across are:

  • New flooring was installed without the cabinets or appliances being moved and you may have a height issue when you try to replace the dishwasher.
  • The dishwasher was installed before the countertop and they did not make a big enough hole in the cabinet to get the hoses through.
  • If you have a granite or other stone countertop, the mounting clips may have been epoxied to the top, or it may be screwed to the cabinet on the side of the dishwasher.

Here is a great video from with step-by-step procedures on replacing your dishwasher.