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Does your dishwasher stink? Here’s what you should do

dishwasher stink

There’s nothing better than a clean kitchen at the end of a meal and we can often thank our dishwasher for helping out!  However, just because dishwashers clean the dishes, it doesn’t mean they clean themselves! To rid dishwasher stink follow our simple cleaning tips.

Here’s how to clean your dishwasher:

Clean the filters

Most dishwashers have filters, which prevent the drains from getting clogged. These are the most common cause of nasty odours as the filters catch food particles, which quickly create a build up of bacteria! Remove the drain filter and give it a good scrub with soap and hot water. Ensure it is free of debris and then reinsert it back into the dishwasher.

Clean the inside of the dishwasher

Over time grime from dirty dishes accumulates on the inside of the dishwasher. Wipe down the insides of the dishwasher, including the top, bottom, sides and door. Remove the wracks and wash them with hot water and soap. Don’t forget to wipe down the door seals!

Rinse the dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar is known for its superior anti bacterial properties. Put a cup of white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher and run on a hot cycle. Once complete, sprinkle baking soda along the bottom and repeat the rinse cycle. This should leave your dishwasher smelling fresh and looking squeaky-clean!

When to clean your dishwasher

  • Every couple of week give your empty dishwasher a rinse.
  • Every month clean the filters and inside of your dishwasher thoroughly.

An unclean dishwasher ultimately means unclean dishes, despite how they clean they may look, nasty bacteria is likely lurking.

Keep on top of your clean dishwasher, and eliminate the stink!

Tips to extend the life of your appliances

All appliances will last a little longer with some TLC.

Well looked after appliances means less repair, lower energy usage and ultimately last longer.

All of this means serious savings for you on avoidable appliance repairs and replacements!

Top tips to look after your appliances


The fridge seal is a major component in keeping your fridge working effectively. The plastic seal should be wiped clean often to remove any grease or grime so that the seal is kept airtight.

Cleaning the coils is also a top tip to keep your fridge working well. Remove the kick plate and use a vacuum to remove any dust.

Washing machine

The top tip for washing machines is – load them correctly!

If overloaded clothes can’t move freely it means the machine has to work harder to move them around, putting unnecessary pressure on the motor, transmission, belts and all mechanical parts.

If the machine is under loaded it can lead to unbalanced cycles that can also have a harsh affect on mechanics.

Be sure to clean lint filters and any vents regularly.


Like washing machines, dishwashers are designed to clean things. This doesn’t mean they don’t need cleaning themselves! Regularly scrub the inside of your dishwasher and wipe over the seals to keep them working effectively. Run your dishwasher on a hot empty load every known and again to kill any bacteria and keep the pipes and hoses clean.

Our appliances do so much for us every day; the least we can do is look after them every known and again! If you find your appliances aren’t working as efficiently as they should or have carked it completely, Bayside Appliance Repairs can help!