When Should You Clean Your Dishwasher Filter?
How to Clean a Dishwasher Filter
Onto the main event. Place your dishwasher filters, one at a time, under running water until all the debris and dirt is gone. For stubborn food particles, you may have to soak the filter in warm water first.
If it’s been a while since the last cleaning, you might have to use a soft brush to gently scrub off the calcium deposits. Avoid using a wire brush or anything that can damage the dishwasher filter.
With your dishwasher filters properly cleaned, it’s time to put them back in your dishwasher. Here is how to do it:
- First, return the lower filter to the bottom of the tub. Make sure to insert it all the way or the upper filter is not going to fit.
- Now, put the upper filter back into the opening.
- Turn the upper filter clockwise to lock it in place. If the upper filter is still loose and you can move it around, that means it’s not correctly installed.
- Follow the arrows for the upper and lower filter for guidance. Also, keep in mind that not all dishwasher models will have the same instructions and you may have to consult the owner’s manual.
How Frequently Should You Clean Your Dishwasher Filter?
That’s assuming that you’ve committed to regular maintenance. If not, it may only get harder to clean. Follow these guidelines on how often you should clean the dishwasher filter, depending on how you use the dishwasher itself.
Washing Before Loading
Only Scraping Before Loading
Scraping and Rinsing Before Loading
No Scraping or Rinsing Before Loading
Getting Your Dishwasher to Perform at Its Best
If you’re not fond of cleaning your dishwasher filter manually and you have an appliance from the Whirlpool family of brands, consider ordering a professional service by contacting The Appliance Pros.