Dishwasher Cleaning - Top Rack Doesn't Clean





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Published on Feb 7, 2013

Someone e-mailed me about how running a couple cycles with white vinegar solved their problem. Assuming that was a real email from a real person and not some lame attempt at a hack of some sort (I'm really defensive about such things) that's great if it works for you, but it doesn't get the crap out of the trap. Furthermore, using vinegar too often is hard on the dishwasher. Honestly I don't remember why, but my owners manual suggests cleaning with vinegar once in a long while, but warns against using it too much. I think it may be hard on the plastic parts of the dishwasher.

Yikes! Thank you to a viewer for mentioning to me about disconnecting the power. I forgot to add that to the video. Yeah, disconnect the power before getting started. Chances of the machine kicking on are remote, but depending on your model you might risk an electric shock if you don't disconnect the power. In my situation I have my dishwasher connected to an outlet under the sink so that it can just be un-plugged. If you don't have that, then you can just flip the breaker off - it SHOULD be wired on it's own breaker.


I recently found this informative video about how dishwashers work in general. You may find it helpful, so I thought I would share it.


Hey to all - thank you so much for your kind words. I really am glad that so many have found this video to be helpful. For the money we pay for such appliances it's definitely frustrating when things go wrong and hire repairs can cost as much as a new appliance.
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Subject Message below - Dishwasher Cleaning

It's really annoying when the dishwasher does not clean properly. In my case the bottom rack of the dishwasher was cleaning well, but the top rack of the dishwasher was not coming out clean at all. In fact, the top rack was barely getting wet.

When this happens the wash water is not being cycled correctly or completely.
The possible causes are either there is a clog somewhere in the system, or there is a problem with the pump. Fortunately in my case the problem was a clog - easier and cheaper to correct.

The clog can be anywhere in the system path from the pump up to the sprayer at the top of the dishwasher. In my case the clog was at the food chopper down near the pump. It's relatively easy to get to, with a little patience:-) But it helps a lot to know what to expect.

This video features a Kitchen Aid dishwasher Model # KUDS03STWH3.
Even if you have a different model dishwasher this video should help give you an idea of what to expect and how to do things.

While you are going through this process it's a good time to give the dishwasher a good cleaning. A clean dishwasher produces cleaner dishes. Using vinegar in the dishwasher will help to clean out the systems in general, but vinegar alone will not give it the dishwasher the cleaning it may need from time to time. A dishwasher can accumulate a lot of build up grime and just plain gunk from food and hard water. The only way to really clean the dishwasher well is to give the dishwasher a good scrub down. This video shows you how to do that too.

I hope that you find this video helpful.
Please let me know if helped you with your dishwasher.
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