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Why Does My Dishwasher Smell?

Trapped food is probably causing the odor in your dishwasher. Food scraps can get stuck in nooks and crannies of your dishwasher. Over time, little pieces build up, get trapped, and can start to let off smelly odors.

Stubborn Smells

Foul stenches and smells make any home feel less inviting. And when that stench is coming from your dishwasher, it can last a while if you don’t find the source of the problem. Here’s where to begin your search.

Small Scraps

The main cause of a smelly dishwasher is leftover food sitting in your system for days on end. As trapped food accumulates, so can the smells, and you might find a clog in your drain system if you’re not cleaning it regularly.

Bacteria Buildup

The longer food scraps sit, the more bacteria and mildew can grow, sending a musty smell through your kitchen. And that problem can lead to another: A stink dishwasher can also lead to stinky dishes.

During the drying cycle, the smell can transfer from the dishwasher to your dishes. So, if your dishes smell strange after a wash, it’s likely time to clean your unit.

How to Squash the Stink

The best way to subdue smells and clogs is with regular maintenance. The better you are at keeping food scraps and residue out of the corners and crevices, the cleaner your system will smell (and the cleaner your dishes will be!)

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