How to Clean the Filter in a Dishwasher

Someone wearing yellow rubber gloves removing and cleaning a dishwasher filter.
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What You'll Need
Baking Soda

Regularly cleaning your dishwasher filter is the only way to keep your dishes sparkling after every cycle. A dishwasher filter is an important part of the inner working of a dishwasher. It is responsible for trapping dirt, food, and other particles that are left behind from cleanings. In order to keep your dishwasher filter from being overexposed with food and dirt, a thorough cleaning should be performed at least once a month.

Step 1 - Empty the Dishwasher

Start out with an empty dishwasher. Remove the bottom rack and locate the filter. The filter is usually on the floor of the dishwasher.

Step 2 - Locate and Remove Debris

Once the filter has been located, take a damp cloth and clean around the area. Be sure to remove all the debris. If you have a dishwasher that has a closed filter, you should unscrew the filter and remove the debris that is located inside.

Step 3 - Sanitize

After you have cleaned the filter, mix together ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of salt and 1 cup of bleach. Pour this mixture into the bottom of the dishwasher and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning set your dishwasher to run a normal wash without any dishes in it to complete the cleaning process.

Cleaning the filter in a dishwasher is often an overlooked task. Use this guide to keep yours in like-new condition.