Cleaning and Maintaining the Interior
Have you cleaned the dishwasher?
Extremely hard water mineral deposits can cause damage to your dishwasher and make it difficult to achieve good cleaning. A water softener is strongly recommended if your hardness is 15 grains or more.
White spots or a white residue may be left on dishes and on the interior of the dishwasher as the result of a number of causes, including some detergents and home water quality. Over time this residue can become unsightly and could affect dishwasher performance. This residue builds up on internal components (such as the spray arms) as well as your dishes, and dishwasher interior. Use of a dishwasher cleaning product such as affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner can help to remove the residue. Monthly use of affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner is recommended to help maintain the dishwasher.
1. If cleaning without dishes, place one tablet in the detergent dispenser. Do not add detergent (If significant buildup is noticeable, a second tablet can be placed in the bottom of the dishwasher.)
2. If cleaning with dishes, place one tablet in the bottom of the dishwasher. Place detergent in the dispenser.
3. Run a normal wash cycle.
Another method to remove white residue is to use a vinegar rinse. However, vinegar is an acid and using it too often could damage your dishwasher.
Place (do not pour), 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar in a glass or dishwasher-safe measuring cup on the bottom rack. Run the dishwasher through a complete washing cycle using an air-dry or an energy-saving dry option. Do not use detergent. Vinegar will mix with the wash water.
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NOTE: Whirlpool recommends the use of high-quality, pre-measured detergent tablets or packs and the use of rinse aid for dishwasher cleaning and daily care.
affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.
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