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Routine and Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

Wipe the dishwasher door with a lint free cloth

Cleaning is an important part of maintaining your dishwasher. Not only does it improve performance, but it reduces unnecessary repairs over the dishwasher's lifetime. There are two types of cleaning that should be performed on your dishwasher: Routine cleaning that should be done routinely and Deep cleaning that should be done as needed.

Routine Clean

When performing a routine clean, gently wipe down the outside of the dishwasher and control panel with a soft, damp, cloth. Once the outside is clean, clean the filter. For the final step, place an 8 ounce cup of distilled white vinegar in the lower basket, and then run a Sanitize cycle.

Deep Clean

For a deep clean, you'll want to remove the nozzles and filter and soak them overnight in distilled white vinegar. This will remove any minerial deposits and grime that have clogged up or are causing an odor.

Clean the Filter

Many dishwashers have a removable filter to make cleaning it easier. If yours has a removable filter, see the steps below. If these steps do not match your model, refer to your user manual (available at the download center) for the correct steps.

If your manual does not provide steps, then your model does not have a removable filter. In this case, just clean the bottom of the dishwasher tub everywhere you can reach.

  1. Remove the Lower Rack.

  2. Rotate the filter handle counterclockwise to unfasten the filter compartment door.

  3. Remove the filter door, and then remove the filter.

  4. Remove dirt or other remains from the filter and the filter door. Allow the filter and filter door to soak in distilled white vinegar overnight, and then rinse them under running water.

  5. Re-install the filter, and then the filter door.

  6. Rotate the filter door handle clockwise to lock the filter door.

Clean the Dishwasher Filter

Clean the Nozzles

Nozzles will vary between dishwashers. See the steps below for an example of how to clean them. If these steps do not match your model, refer to your user manual (available at the download center) for the correct steps.

  1. Remove the Upper Rack.

  2. Unfasten the nozzle cap by turning it counterclockwise and then remove the upper nozzle.

  3. Clean the nozzle thoroughly using a small brush (such as a dishwashing brush or toothbrush). Allow the nozzle to soak overnight in distilled white vinegar, and then rinse by running water through the nozzle.

  4. Re-insert the nozzle and then fasten the nozzle cap to the nozzle by turning the cap clockwise. Afterwards, check whether the nozzle is attached correctly by rotating it.

Clean the Dishwasher Nozzles

Clean the Drain Pump

On some dishwasher models, the drain pump can be reached when the drain filter is removed. If debris is caught in the drain pump, it can cause the dishwasher to make a noise. It is rare that you need to access the drain pump, but if it is accessible, the user manual for your dishwasher includes instructions on how to access it. Visit the download center to obtain your user manual.

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