|Ready to get cleaning!|
Then, be prepared for the nasty disgusting mess you will find...you may want gloves for this part and may need someone else to do this part if you have a bad gag reflex. This is what mine looked like.....EEEWWWW!!!!
|I told you it wasn't pretty....GROSS!|
Once the filter trap is cleaned put it back and move on to the steam filter. My steam filter has tons of nasty build up, but it does not pop off easily so I could not clean it :( From everything I read it should pop off easily by running a butter knife along the edge. If it does not then leave it alone. I have a really old dishwasher and I could see there are screws or something holding it from the inside of the door and it looks like I would have to take the actual front panel of the door off to remove.
Also make sure all the spray holes are free of any debris. Just take an object such as a screwdriver and poke it down, but be careful not to scratch up the finish. If they are free of debris it is fine. Do not try to pry the debris out as much as you want to it will be nearly impossible (Notice I said nearly....it is possible, but since I am renting I did not want to do any real damage).
|If you have a top spray mechanism don't forget to clear those holes as well|
Finally, make sure any large bits are out of the dishwasher and then pour baking soda in the open compartment (or the compartment that does not fully seal) and add white vinegar to the seal able compartment. Make sure the vinegar is in the sealed compartment!
Close the dishwasher and run a normal wash. When done you can just wipe off any residue that has been loosened and left behind. That's it! It sounds more complicated than it actually is and it really takes no time at all. Now my dishes are coming out extremely clean and I am happy again :)