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How do I get food particles out of my dishwasher?

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According to House Cleaning Central, every dishwasher has a trap which catches food particles that don't make it down the drain. In order to clean the food particles out of your dishwasher, the trap needs to be cleaned or emptied manually.

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The dishwasher trap is usually located near the lower sprayer of the machine. It may be possible to remove the whole trap in order to wash it separately in the sink, but on some models, the trap just slides out like a drawer. If the trap can only slide out, simply use a wet towel to wipe around it thoroughly until all food particles are removed. To clean a trap that can be removed completely, House Cleaning Central suggests taking the trap out and tapping it against the inner part of a trash bin to eject the large food particles. Take a damp cloth or towel, and wash around the whole trap until all particles are mostly gone. Rinse the trap under warm water, then dry with a paper towel and place it back in the dishwasher.

House Cleaning Central warns that not cleaning out leftover food particles can cause a clog which results in the dishwasher not draining properly. If this happens, the dirty water that hasn't drained keeps splashing onto clean dishes over and over again. Additionally, a clogged drain may cause the dishwasher to overfill, in which case water spills onto the floor each time the machine runs.

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