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Food Odor or Smell - Dishwasher

Possible Solutions

Are there food soils on the dishes or the bottom of the tub?

Odors can be caused by dirty dishes and food soils that fall into the tub or other parts of the dishwasher and decompose. If the dishwasher is not used daily, you can run a rinse cycle with the partial load until a full load is ready to be washed. Use affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner regularly to keep the tub of the dishwasher clean of soils. You can also run a vinegar rinse through the dishwasher by putting 2 cups (500 mL) of white vinegar in an upright glass measuring cup in the lower rack. Run a normal cycle with the dry option turned off (on some models). Do not use detergent.

Is the dishwasher filter dirty? (on some models)

Cleaning the filters periodically helps keep the dishwasher working at peak performance and helps to remove odor causing soils. The filters can be found at the bottom center of the dishwasher. See the Owner's Manual for instructions on removing and cleaning the filters.

Upper filter assembly and lower filter are located at the bottom center of the dishwasher tub.

Have you cleaned your dishwasher interior?

Clean the dishwasher interior with a sponge and warm water. Make sure to clean the bottom front of the tub where soils tend to accumulate. Wipe down all surfaces, including the door gaskets. You can also run a vinegar rinse through the dishwasher by putting 2 cups (500 mL) of white vinegar in an upright glass measuring cup in the lower rack. Run a normal cycle with the dry option turned off (on some models). Do not use detergent. Using affresh®  cleaners will also help clean the dishwasher interior and help remove odors.

affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.

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