How to clean the dishwasher filter

You’re probably aware that your dishwasher contains a filter to keep oversized items and foreign objects out of the appliance’s pump and off of your dishes. But what you may not be aware of is that in addition to filtering these items, the filter also minimizes sound, optimizes water and conserves energy while providing superior cleaning performance.

However, since a filter works hard at filtering out items from the important parts of your dishwasher, it’s also important for you to clean it thoroughly to help maintain the performance of your dishwasher.

How often you clean the filter may depend on your make and model of dishwasher, so be sure to check your use and care guide.

Most dishwashers have a filter system that consists of two parts – an upper assembly and a lower filter. If you’re not sure how often to clean the filter, a good rule to follow is to do it when there are visible objects or soils on the upper filter assembly or on your dishes. Conversely, the dishes may feel gritty to the touch.

Removing and cleaning the filters is quite simple and doesn’t take much time at all. Simply turn the upper filter assembly counterclockwise and lift it out. Then grab the lower filter, lift forward and remove.

Cleaning the filters is typically as easy as rinsing them under running water to remove any soils. Though sometimes there may be harder to remove soils or calcium deposits from soft water, in which case a soft brush will do the trick. Keep in mind not to use a wire brush or harsh scouring pad as this may damage the filters.

Once the filter appears to be clean, reinstall the lower filter and reinsert the upper filter assembly so that it locks into place. It’s important to make sure that the filter is properly reinstalled and locked into place; otherwise, it may damage your dishwasher.

For more tips on properly maintaining your appliances, visit or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.