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How To Clean a Dishwasher Filter

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Every month, spend a few minutes optimizing the operation of your dishwasher.

A clean dishwasher filter may make the difference between gleaming clean dinnerware and things tainted by ugly, filthy stuck-on food. The filter’s purpose is to keep food particles from recirculating onto plates, pots, cutlery, and other surfaces after the water and detergent have rinsed them away. This indirtrious element of the machine, however, needs to be clear of buildup in order to do its job.

Dishwasher filter assemblies are classified into two types: self-cleaning and manual.

Dishwashers with self-cleaning filters (also known as “hard food disposers”) use an inbuilt grinder to pulverize food, which is subsequently rinsed away via the drain, similar to trash disposal. Because there is no routine accumulation for the owner to maintain, these filters are referred to as “self-cleaning.” The disadvantage of this convenience is that these dishwashers are significantly noisier than those with manual filters.

Manual filters should be cleaned at least once a month, if not twice a month, depending on usage and pre-rinse practices. You should also be on the lookout for visible and olfactory clues, such as gritty dishes, stray bits of food left behind, or bad aromas, to remind you to clean the filter.

Consult your owner’s handbook or look at the bottom of the dishwasher, under the rotating arm, to discover the sort of filter you have. It’s a manual filter if you notice a detachable cylindrical component with arrows indicating which direction to spin.

Fortunately, a manual filter can be removed and cleaned in a matter of minutes. Simply have dish soap and a soft scrubbing instrument, such as a sponge or an old toothbrush, available before beginning, and then follow these comprehensive steps for cleaning a dishwasher filter.

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How to Clean a Dishwasher Filter

Remove the dishwasher’s bottom rack and look for the filter, which is a cylinder tube that twists into place on the unit’s floor. Some versions have a secondary loIr, flat filter located beneath the cylindrical one. This filter has a hole in the center through which the cylindrical one is inserted, but it does not lock in place. Both need to be removed in order to be cleaned.

To begin, remove the upper, cylindrical filter by twisting it to release it. The filter twists counter-clockwise in most models, although there should be indicators showing the proper direction. Once unlocked, carefully pull up to remove the filter. Then, if there is one, just lift out the bottom filter.

Hand-wash the filter(s) in warm, soapy water, then thoroughly rinse under running water. Scrub the filter gently with a sponge or an old toothbrush to remove stubborn food particles. Next, check the area where the filters are placed for stray food particles, wiping them off with a towel if required.

Replace the flat filter, if there is one, and then the cylindrical filter, securing it firmly in place.

That’s all! With the dishwasher filter cleaning process being as quick and simple as it was, you may still have time to clean the hard-working appliance in its entirety—or, at least, put a reminder to your calendar to plan a cleaning one to twilight.

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