There are many preventative measures that should be taken to make sure a dishwasher lasts a long time and does not have any problems. Many of us put our items in the dishwasher, press the start button, and do not think of any other issue related to this appliance. Yet the dishwasher needs occasional cleaning and care as well. Debris, food, and lime-scale may build up over a period of time, and this will reduce how well the dishwasher performs. It does not need cleaning very often, and is very easy to do.

The first step is to clean the dishwasher arms. These can be located inside on the bottom of the appliance. Make sure there are no food or debris particles on them. Once the visible debris has been handled, insert a toothpick into the arm's nozzles to release anything that may be stuck inside. This may be tedious, but it will improved the cleaning power of the dishwasher once completed.

At the bottom of the appliance is the dishwasher drain. There is a drain hole that is usually covered with a wire mesh. Clean the drain by removing the screws or however it is fastened and look for debris. This should be checked once a year.

An easy part to clean is the dishwasher panel. When the door is opened, look at the bottom and side edges. Clean any dirt or marks with a towel and water.

Depending on the water supply in the area, lime-scale deposits may occur. This occurs in areas that do not have a soft water supply. To know if the dishwasher is effected by this, a white scale buildup would be seen by the nozzles. If this substance is found, fill a cup halfway with lemon juice. Place this cup on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a cleaning cycle of about thirty minutes to clean this problem up.

A dishwasher does not need to be cleaned all the time, but if dishes and glasses do not appear to be as clean as they used to be, it may be due for a cleaning. Distinct colors of dishwashers may get dirty easier - a silver dishwasher may not show any marks easily, but a white or glossy black model may require an occasional wipe! All of these short, simple procedures can be used to clean this appliance. Many appliance companies also have websites to explain step by step how to properly clean their specific appliance, as not every machine is always built the same way. Newer machines are sometimes different than their older counterparts. Whenever in doubt, check with the company. If these steps do not work, there may be another issue with the dishwasher, and check with the manufacturer to be sure.