Things You'll Need
Liquid dish washing soap
Hotpoint manufactures a line of home appliances that includes refrigerators, ranges, microwaves and dishwashers. Though Hotpoint dishwashers are built for quality, over time soap, dirt, oil and food residue can build up causing an appliance to function at a less than optimal level. Even if the dishes are coming out clean, to run at an optimal level a Hotpoint dishwasher needs to be cleaned at least once a month.
Remove Dishes and Inspect
Run the dishwasher through a complete cycle and then remove any dishes from the racks. Visually inspect the empty dishwasher to identify any obvious problem areas.
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Inspect the Spinning Arms
Inspect the spinning arms of the dishwasher; ensure none of the holes are clogged with rubbish as this will prevent the water from reaching the dishes. If the openings are congested, pluck the debris out with a pair of tweezers.
Remove the Lower Rack
Remove the lower rack from the dishwasher and gently scrape away any food or other solid items from the drain. If a great deal of debris has accumulated around the drain, it might be a good idea to don a pair of rubber gloves first.
Clean the Seal With White Vinegar
Dip an old toothbrush in white vinegar and brush the rubber seal around the door of the dishwasher. Pay particular attention to the cracks and crevices in the seal, as this is where bacteria and other undesirable debris tend to accumulate.
Clean With Hot Soapy Water
Soak a soft sponge in a mixture of mild liquid dish washing soap and hot water. Using the soapy water, wipe the door removing any grime that may have been knocked loose with the toothbrush. Then apply the soapy water to the interior surfaces of the dishwasher, scrubbing away any food particles, grease or dirt.
Run White Vinegar Through the Appliance
Place 1 cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup or bowl. Position the dish right-side up on the top rack of the dishwasher. Set the dishwasher on its hottest setting and allow it to run one complete cycle.
Vinegar is a mild acid. Combined with hot water it will help to remove any residual greasy gunk buildup from the interior walls of your Hotpoint dishwasher. This means that your dishes will be cleaner and even smell nicer. The vinegar will clean any icky goop that may be currently abiding in the spray arm holes, as well as dissolve any minor buildup of mineral deposits.
Cycle With Liquid Chlorine Bleach
Remove the vinegar cup from the Hotpoint dishwasher and add 1 tbsp. of liquid chlorine bleach. Return the cup to the top dishwasher rack and run another full cycle. This will remove any mold or mildew and it will sanitize the machine.
Lemon juice or lemonade flavor powdered drink mix can be substituted for vinegar, if desired.
Even the most modern dishwashers are not garbage disposals and are designed to remove bits of soft food efficiently from your dishes. Scrape the debris from your dishes and rinse them with hot running water before cycling through the dishwasher.