Have you begun to feel an unpleasant smell when you open the dishwasher door? The problem is the dishwasher’s inner parts. To be more precise – in the clogging of the drainage system.
The disgusting smell comes from the decaying food leftovers in the dishwasher, which have stuck somewhere inside the drain system. This may be a drain pipe, a mesh filter, a drain hose or a pump.
Another reason for nasty smell is washing in cold water.
|The smell comes from:||Is it possible to get rid of the smell?|
|A drain filter||Yes. A deep cleaning of the entire drain system is required.|
|A pallet||Yes. Cleaning the pallet from bacteria and food debris is necessary.|
|A pump||Yes. If the nasty smell is caused by food remains inside the pump, the replacement of the pump is needed.|
How to get rid of a rotten smell?
In order to get rid of an unpleasant smell, you have to find a source of the problem. Most likely, the reason is a small local blockage inside the drain system. The smell is generated by bacteria that multiply in rotting food residues.
The first thing to do is to clean the drainage system and find the source of the odor. Most likely, the localization is in the mesh filter that collects large food remains from plates.
Also, the smell source can be caused by a blockage in the drain filter. To solve the problem, unscrew the filter and rinse it under the running water. This should help.
After cleaning all filters, run the dishwashing program in hot water. Add more detergents as usual. In addition, supplement washing with baking soda instead of a tablet. This method will help to remove the effects of blockage and the remaining smell inside the dishwasher.
Methods of eliminating odors
Now it is time to talk about elimination the unpleasant smell of rot or mold. The following facilities CAN’T be used in the fight against the smell in the dishwasher:
- chlorine and chlorine-containing substances;
- washing powder;
- cleaners with abrasive particles.
This aggressive chemistry will not help to remove the smell, but it will harm the metal parts. Over time, the device’s inner parts can be corroded. Physical cleaning is the best variant to start fighting against the odor. First, wash the mesh filter located at the bottom of a chamber, and then inspect the water sprayers and wash them, paying attention to the holes where food can get stuck.
Further, it is necessary to wash the walls and the bottom of the dishwasher chamber, where the residues of fat could have settled. To remove it, take a soft cloth and prepare water with the addition of a small amount of detergent. Wash everything, including the rubber seal around the perimeter of the door.
Important! Do not use metal sponges or hard brushes to clean the dishwasher because it can damage the device’s chamber surface.
Soda and vinegar are the great remedies for removing the nasty odor. To do this, take one cup of white vinegar and put it on the bottom of an empty machine’s chamber. Then run a long program at high temperature. Vinegar perfectly absorbs unpleasant odors, but it also leaves the specific smell. Therefore, after vinegar, you can use soda. Take half a glass of baking soda, pour it on the dishwasher’s bottom and run a short program. At the initial stage of the smell appearance, you can clean the device only with soda without vinegar.
If you do not trust household methods, get a special dishwasher remedy against fat and scale. According to the instructions, apply the remedy to kill the smell. After any chemistry, the kitchen appliance needs to be rinsed several times with water. Then wipe it with a dry cloth and ventilate the chamber.