A staple in American households since the 1970s, the dishwasher is the Cadillac of kitchen appliances; a time-saving dream machine for cleaning dishes.
The very name "dishwasher" implies that the appliance is self-cleaning, which it is for the most part. But you need to clean your dishwasher, too, especially because the warm, moist environment and alkaline pH values inside make dishwashers prime breeding grounds for some pretty nasty stuff. Not to mention dishwasher filters can get clogged with food particles. Gross.
That's why your dishwasher requires a thorough cleaning to stay sanitary and germ-free, and to keep it functioning in peak condition. Here's how to clean a dishwasher in a few simple steps.