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Stopping your dishwasher from clogging up.

Your dishwasher is a very handy appliance –no-one likes doing that chore! But you need to take care of it, as can get clogged up. Food, grease and other residue can stop things from moving or draining properly.

Scrape any food waste off your plates and into your food recycling bin before loading them into your dishwasher. Many manufacturers, though, don’t insist on plates being rinsed off as well. After all, that does use more water, and the food waste is then just going to clog up your drains.

Use a good quality dishwasher detergent, and run your appliance on the right settings. You don’t have to run on a hot water cycle every single time, but doing so a few times a week will help break down any deposits.

Using your dishwasher regularly also helps stop any dirt or grease from solidifying and sticking fast.

And of course clean the filters and float assembly every now and again. You can do this with normal washing-up liquid and hot water. Just remember to make sure that any gunk you’ve removed goes in the bin and not back down the drain!

You can also periodically check the pipes behind the dishwasher for leaks or any signs of clogging. Sometimes as the pipes cool down, any fat and grease will start to solidify in the pipes.

To stop smells, you can use some common household products such as vinegar or baking soda… there are plenty of tips online to show you how.


But if you have problems like it being slow to drain, leaving standing water at the bottom, or foul smells, and you want more expert help and advice just get in touch with us. We can’t promise to come and help with the washing up though!