Does your dishwasher smell? Are your dishes coming out feeling gritty or covered with fine food particles? To fix this, clean your dishwasher’s filter.
Most new dishwasher models have a removable filter (also called a manual-clean filter) that you should clean on a regular basis. The filter sits below the lower dish rack and spray arms. There might be a cylindrical fine mesh filter and coarse mesh filter cover, as show in this video. Both these parts can be removed and cleaned in your sink with a little dishwashing soap and warm water. Check and clean out the sump area (the hole where the filter goes) for any food particles or other objects that may have become lodged there.
Why do dishwashers have filters?
The filter catches food particles and prevents it from clogging up the dishwasher’s drain. Older models had what was known as a hard food grinder or macerator; which would grind up big chunks of food, writes Reviewed.com. Manufacturers went to this model to deliver quieter dishwashers.
“As manufacturers develop new models to meet this need, we’re going to see more filters and fewer grinders,” writes Reviewed.com.
If you don’t like the idea of having to clean a dishwasher filter, you can still buy a model with a self-cleaning filter, but expect to pay more.