Dishwasher Care -
Load properly following manual suggestions. Use only
dishwasher detergent in recommended amounts. Do not put
any other cleaning compound inside dishwasher, as it may
suds and interfere with dishwashing action. Store
detergent in a dry, cool place, and do not keep extra
packages on hand for a long time as it takes up moisture
from the air and then loses cleaning ability.
A dishwasher should always be plugged into a grounded
outlet; do not use an extension cord.
If hot water has not been used in house for 2 weeks or
longer, open all hot water faucets and let them run
several minutes before using the dishwasher or any other
electrical appliance connected to hot water. Do not smoke
or light any flame while the faucets are running; hydrogen
gas which is flammable and explosive may build
up in water heater and hot water pipes if hot water is not
used for a long time.
If seasonal home is to be closed without heat for winter,
The interior is self-cleaning. If a stain does occur,
clean with dishwasher detergent and water, wearing rubber
gloves to protect hands from very alkaline detergent. A
heavy film buildup from hard water minerals may be removed
by adding vinegar or citric acid crystals (buy at
drugstore) to dishwasher without any dishes in it, after
it fills with water at start of first cycle. Do this only
if appliance manual suggests this is ok, and if the
buildup bothers the owner (as it does no harm).
However, very hard water can deposit mineral film on
dishes, glasses, and flatware, and on dishwasher pump and
moving parts; it is wise if water if very hard to install
a water softener before installing a dishwasher.
If iron in water causes rust stains inside dishwasher, buy
a commercial soluble rust remover (grocery or hardware),
checking label to be sure it can be used to dishwasher.
Start empty dishwasher on rinse cycle. As it fills, open
and add 1/2 cup rust remover. Let dishwasher complete
cycle. If iron problem continues so that another treatment
is required, better to install
an iron filter in water system to remove iron as this will
affect dishes, laundry, and all fixtures.