How to clean a dishwasher

Clean the dishwasher filter Start by removing the filter from the bottom of the dishwasher. Mine just opened, and then I was able to lift it up. Every dishwasher will be slightly different, so consult your manual if necessary.

The filter is where food particles get caught so if it's been a while since you've cleaned the filter {like me} you'll likely find quite a bit of dirt built up on it. It turns out that this filter is recommended to be removed and cleaned once a week. A clogged filter can flood your dishwasher, so this is a very important first step. Start by rinsing the filter in hot water.

Then use dish soap and rub it in with your finger. Rinse again with warm water until the soap is completely gone.