San Luis Obispo Plumbing: Dishwasher Gotcha Down?

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Griffin’s San Luis Obispo plumbing experts want to know, does your dishwasher smell bad? If so, that’s not good! Today we’re sharing what might be to blame, along with proven solutions.

Common Culprits
  • Gunky filters
  • Food residue
  • Water softeners
  • Overused filters

If your dishwasher is in trouble, call Griffin Plumbing 24-7. However, if you prefer to give preventative maintenance a whirl at-home, this three-step process doesn’t require any special equipment or much time at all.


Remove the bottom dish rack. Inspect the dishwasher drain, removing any gunk or food caught there. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.


Begin with an empty dishwasher. Place one cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the upper rack. Now run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle to wash away grease and gunk. In the process, you’ll remove icky odors too.


Sprinkle a single cup of baking soda across the bottom of your dishwasher before running a brief hot water cycle. You’ll be happy with the results – a bright dishwasher that smells fresh and is (hopefully!) stain-free as well.

If you want to prevent dishwasher gunk in the first place by not leaving dirty dishes in the dishwasher for too long! Also keep in mind that some water softeners may make it more challenging for your dishwasher to clean and require special attention.

Still have a sneaking (stinking!) suspicion that something is off? Your dishwasher connections may need attention. That means it’s time to contact the best plumbers in San Luis Obispo!

Our friendly experts will inspect your dishwasher and resolve what’s wrong, or advise you when you’re in need of a replacement. You can reach our San Luis Obispo plumbing professionals 24-7 at (805) 934-1949.