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How to clean the dishwasher strainers and washer
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Over the course of the use of your dishwasher,
you will need to wash it.
Of those parts of a dishwasher that tend to be
trickier to clean than others are the strainers and washer
but there's a simple way to wash them, and here's how:
need to remove the
bottom washer arm, and, depending on the model of your
dishwasher, there are several ways to go about doing this, so
choose the one that is applicable to you: The bottom
washer arm of some dishwasher models is removed by unscrewing a
fastener that secures it--usually a screw--with the appropriate
fastening device--for example, a screwdriver; the bottom washer
arm of some other dishwasher models is removed by removing a
clip that acts as the fastener that secures it; and then there
are the bottom washer arms of other dishwasher models that are
removed by simply lifting up the bottom washer arm from its
position in the dishwasher.
Once you remove the bottom washer arm, place it to the side for
the time being, and then focus on what is exposed once such an
arm is removed: Depending on the model of your dishwasher,
you will either see a screen or filter revealed that must
Now, the top
washer arm of the dishwasher needs to be removed, and this, too,
removed a certain way depending on the model of a dishwasher
you have, so choose what is applicable to you: The top
washer arm of some dishwasher models is removed by first
removing the dish tray, unclipping the grid that follows, and
then unscrewing the center fastener--usually a screw--with the
appropriate fastening device; and then the top washer arm of
other dishwasher models is removed by first removing the
retaining clip (with the use of any appropriate fastening
device, as applicable) and then removing the center fastener of
the arm with the appropriate fastening device. Put the top
washer arm to the side.
Next, you'll need
to wash both the bottom and top washer arms. To do this,
take each arm underneath a kitchen sink, use toothpicks to poke
through clogged spray holes of the arm, and then flush the arm
with the force of the water that runs from the sink that you
After you are
done unclogging and water-flushing each washer arm, put both
arms back into place in the dishwasher, doing the arm-removal
process (i.e., steps 4 and 3) completely in reverse to
accomplish this last step.
Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical
power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it,
including disconnecting the power.
That's what it takes to clean the strainers and
washer arms/spray arms of your dishwasher.
Handyman Zone Team
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