How to Clean a Dishwasher Filter

You won't be able to look away.

We’ve learned plenty of tricks from TikTok, from how to fill an ice cube tray to ridiculously good painting hacks. If there’s one thing TikTok’s good at, it’s teaching us some pretty good life lessons…like the fact that everyone should be cleaning their dishwasher filter.

Yes, dishwasher filters are a real thing—and yes, they need to be cleaned regularly.

Here’s How to Clean a Dishwasher Filter

If you just found out this filter existed, don’t feel too bad because plenty of other people were in the same boat. Thankfully, if you’re wondering how to remedy this problem, @darbisellshomes has got you covered. She shows viewers how to find the filter in her video:

@darbisellshomesPSA: Clean your dishwasher filter. ##momsoftiktok♬ original sound – darbisellshomes

And here’s where things get nasty, because some people’s filters are, uh, not that clean. To say the least. We’re recommending you watch the video below on an empty stomach. (If you have a weak stomach, maybe don’t watch the second video at all…or think about how it might mimic your own dishwasher.)

@inspectormurphAre you cleaning your dishwashers filter regularly? ##inspectormurph ##homeowner ##homeinspector ##realtor ##covid_19♬ original sound – inspectormurph

OK, so that was kind of awful. But it’s also kind of…nice? To know it can be cleaned, that is. Hey, if that filter can be cleaned, there’s hope for us all.

How to Clean a Dishwasher

If this has given you a newfound obsession with having a sparkling dishwasher, learn how to clean a dishwasher from top to bottom. I mean, it cleans your dishes. Constantly. The least you can do to repay it is clean it, right?

Plus, this is what to do if you have a moldy dishwasher.

Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.