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Improvement Project:

How to clean the dishwasher strainers and washer arms/spray arms.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the manufacturer's use of fasteners)

  • Toothpicks

  • Dampened rag/cloth

Guide:

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 arms/spray arms, but there's a simple way to wash them, and here's how:

  1. First, you'll 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.

  1. 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 cleaned.

  2. Now, the top washer arm of the dishwasher needs to be removed, and this, too, is

     

    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.

  3. 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 turn on.

  4. 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.

Ed the Handyman

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