It is awfully easy to forget about your dishwasher. Most people assume this appliance will work without fail until the day comes to sell the house. However, dishwashers do not last forever. Here’s how to keep your dishwasher in tip-top shape.

Dishwasher Care: Clean the Filter

Most dishwashers have a filter. Remove the filter from time to time for a thorough cleaning. Fail to clean the filter, and food will become trapped and reduce the washer’s functionality.

Clean the Seals and Door  

Dishwashers have seals along the rim of the door to stop the machine from leaking during operation. The seals should be cleaned with a drop or two of dishwashing liquid at least once every couple of months. Wipe the seals along with the door, so grime does not build up and reduce the machine’s cleaning capacity.

Switch to a Premium Dishwashing Cleaner Once per Month

Clean your dishwasher with a premium cleaner, such as Cascade, once each month. Using a premium cleaner will prevent food residue and scum from accumulating.

Mind the Dishwasher Spray Arm

The dishwasher spray arm must be cleaned every six months. You can clean the spray arm with a wet towel. The best approach is to take off the spray arm to clean blocked spaces. If you spot any blockages that are difficult to clear out, pluck the grime away with a toothpick. When in doubt, check your dishwasher manual for detailed information on cleaning this important component.

Ensure Your Dishwasher Is Level

A dishwasher that is not level is likely to leak. Open the dishwasher door, put a level on the interior edge and gauge if it is level. If your dishwasher is not level, lower or raise one of the sides by altering the “feet” or placing a wedge below for proper balance.