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How To Prevent Bad Smells Coming From Your Dishwasher

If your Dishwasher smells when you open the door, here are the possible causes and tips to stop the bad odour.

Usually the bad smells will be noticeable at the end of a cycle, when the door has been opened and the hot steam pours out.

Why does it happen?

Typically the bad odour can occur due to the following:

Decomposition of food during the washing and drying cycles Remains of food in the filter system.

Allowing dirty tableware to remain in the closed dishwasher for more than a day without performing a rinse and hold cycle.

Prevention and Treatment:

The smelly dishwasher will most likely be caused by the decomposition of food in the machine.

It is vital that the dishwasher is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. This can be achieved by using a commercial dishwasher cleaner or by running regular maintenance washes.

For dishwashers which have been installed directly to a spigot on the sink waste trap, it will increase the chance of bad smells. This is because of back-filling from the kitchen sink as it is emptied. Subsequently, this will allow dirty water to enter the dishwasher through the waste pipe leading to a bad smell.

Top Tips

  • Try to perform a rinse and hold cycle if its likely the load will not be washed within 24 hours.
  • Do not open the door during a cycle.
  • When cleaning the dishwasher, make sure you clean the door seals, especially the lower seals. Food deposits can build up in these areas.
  • Use a good enzymatic dishwasher detergent. This will help decompose the food and therefore help reduce the possibility of leaving decomposed food in the dishwasher.

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