How to get rid of an unpleasant dishwasher smell


Are you met with a foul odour every time you open your dishwasher? If you’re having trouble getting rid of this smell, the team at Ateliers G. Paquette is here to help. As your trusted source for dishwasher repair, we’re always happy to offer you expert advice. In this article, we give you some tips for eliminating that lingering stench in your dishwasher.

Adapt your product usage to your home’s water hardness

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Adjust the water temperature

Ensure that the temperature setting on your hot water tank is sufficiently high. Your dishwasher requires a certain minimum water temperature to be effective (usually between 120 F and 140 F). Check your user’s manual for the correct water temperature for your machine.


Rinse your dishes before loading them

By rinsing the food off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, you can help prevent the growth of mould in your machine. You can also try running your machine’s rinse mode in between cycles if you notice it’s slow to fill.


Run the clean cycle

Your dishwasher needs a good cleaning once in a while. Use a specialized detergent or pour two cups of vinegar into your machine then run the clean cycle. This will dissolve the dirt and grime that has built up inside your machine.


Clean dirtier areas by hand

To get rid of grease buildup, scrub the inside walls of your machine with a sponge soaked in soapy water. If possible, remove the spray arm and rinse it under running water. Use a toothpick to dislodge any food stuck in the holes.


Clean the filter regularly

Remove the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher and rinse it clean. If any of the food and grime doesn’t come off, gently scrub it with a soft brush. Many filters are composed of two or three detachable parts that can be cleaned separately.

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