Consumers buy dishwashers so they don’t have to wash the dishes but what happens when you need to clean your dishwasher? Darren Sharvell, product development manager for Omega at Shriro, has some helpful tips for retailers to share with consumers.

“There are a number of ways to maintain the interior of a dishwasher,” Sharvell said. “Pour a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and run an empty load. This will help to clean out any old food particles and to keep your dishwasher smelling fresh.

“Clean the spray arms and filtration system regularly — the manual will provide details of how you should do this. This process will help avoid food being trapped in these areas for long periods of time.

“Wipe down the seals of the dishwasher occasionally with a damp cloth. This will help maintain the longevity of the dishwasher.”

The best way to minimise having to clean a dishwasher is to make sure you purchase the right sized model for your needs. In order to cut down on cleaning, plus maximising potential water and energy savings, apartment dwellers should consider a compact dishwasher.

“Dishwashers these days are much more versatile than they once were and the Omega compact series of dishwashers are proof of that,” Sharvell said. “Compact dishwashers provide users with an alternative to larger dishwashers; where they don’t have the space or the opportunity to install a standard dishwasher, giving them the same levels of convenience.

“These units are perfect for space saving in a small kitchen, if you are renting, in bedsits or granny flats where space is limited, in alfresco areas for convenience, or for an extra dishwasher in a wet kitchen.”