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Our ten year old kitchenaid dishwasher doesn't get the dishes clean. there is food particles left on dishes if we don't completely rinse our dishes. is there a cleanout filter that needs to be emptied?

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Locate your dishwasher's filter. It is typically on the floor of the dishwasher. Pull out the bottom rack and look along the bottom of the dishwasher until you find it.

Use a paper towel or sponge to remove any residue or debris that has accumulated on the outside of the filter once you locate it. On some dishwashers, the filter area does not detach or open, so your hand cleaning will stop here. On other models, you can unscrew the filter housing to access the inside and clean any debris from the filter area. Simply wash out the filter using soap and water, then reassemble once cleaning is complete.

Further clean the filter area by pouring a quart of white vinegar into the bottom of the empty dishwasher. Turn to a wash cycle and allow the dishwasher to run with the vinegar cleaning the mechanisms, including the filter.

To deep-clean your dishwasher and the filter periodically, mix the following ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into the bottom of the dishwasher: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup bleach. Let the mixture sit in the bottom of the empty dishwasher overnight. The next morning run a wash cycle, letting the bleach mixture clean and disinfect the dishwasher thoroughly.

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I know this answer is old, but I found it during a search today (03/21/16) so I am posting this comment:
If the inside of your dishwasher is stainless steel, do NOT use bleach!!
You can try putting 2 cups of vinegar in a heat-safe measuring cup and run your dishwasher through a full cycle. Vinegar is also an acid, so this method is recommended by Kitchenaid rather than pouring it in the bottom and allowing it to sit there.
If the inside needs scrubbing, the recommendation is to use a paste made with dishwasher detergent (or liquid dishwasher detergent) and a sponge to clean the interior.
A baking soda paste is generally safe also. If you want to scrub with a baking soda paste and then add vinegar, I would recommend scrubbing with baking soda first and then add vinegar. I suggest limiting the time you let the vinegar sit to no more than 5-10 min. before rinsing.

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