Dismantling the Dishwasher


No, I am not getting rid of my dishwasher but simply giving it a thorough clean.  The dishwasher is a 2 drawer Fisher & Paykel which was installed about 7 years ago when we renovated the kitchen.

We regularly wipe over the inside and outside of the machine but had never taken the filter out of the base.    Today I removed the racks, spray arm and the filters.  I used a damp cloth to wipe off any scum and then dried the inside of the drawer with a dry cloth.

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I cleaned the filters which had a small amount of scum build-up on the mesh using a kitchen brush and rinsed them in cold water.

Here are all of the pieces drying on the bench.

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It was easy to reassemble the drawer and it is ready to use for another 7 years – or perhaps I will clean it sooner.

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Whenever you dismantle something for any reason it is important to take careful notice of how it is put together to save any angst when you come to reassemble it.

It is interesting to note that despite the extended time of use the machine generally was quite clean.  I think this is testament to the Kin Kin Naturals dishwasher powder that we use and that GMan is quite particular rinsing dishes before loading them in the dishwasher.

This is a timely reminder to maintain appliances to keep them in good working order.

4 thoughts on “Dismantling the Dishwasher

  1. congratulations on your previous post for you 5th anniversary!
    i read your blog cos i like your content, it’s about life. it’s real. sometimes it’s hilarious. all in all an enjoyable read. keep it random, please
    thanx for sharing

  2. Hi Selina, thank you for your kind and positive comment. I am glad you enjoy the blog and I plan to continue in much the same way in the future. 🙂

  3. I also have a dish drawer, perhaps ten years old, and I have always cleaned it – usually once every three months or so. I’ve done this with all my dishwashers. Despite being constantly told by the publicity blurbs that you don’t need to rinse off your dishes first, I’ve always done so – I believe it’s more hygienic to do so and keeps my dishwasher much cleaner as well.

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