How to Clean a GE Dishwasher Steam Vent

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Some GE dishwashers have stainless-steel surfaces.
Some GE dishwashers have stainless-steel surfaces. (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

General Electric is a well known company that began in the late 1800s under the leadership of Charles A. Coffin. GE produces a wide variety of products, including dishwashers that are offered in multiple styles and colors. GE dishwashers are equipped with vents that allow steam to escape during the washing and drying cycles. If these vents become dirty or show evidence of mildew, you will need to clean them.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swabs
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

Mix a solution of 1/2-cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Dip a clean cotton swab into the solution.

Insert the swab into the steam vents and wipe down all accessible areas from this entry point. Steam vents are located on the upper, outer portion of the dishwasher door. Use additional swabs dipped in the cleaning solution if necessary.

Moisten a cotton swab with clean water and swab the vent entry once more to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cleaning the steam vents beyond the entry point on the door is not recommended. Further cleaning of the steam vents requires disassembly of the dishwasher door. GE's customer service department recommends that only a trained technician attempt this.
  • Wait until the dishwasher is completely cool, after a wash cycle, before cleaning the steam vents so that you don't risk burning yourself.

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