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Cleaning Grease off a Plastic Dishwasher Filter?

I used to work in a machine shop and we used a powerful solvent to clean grease off of metal before we would work with it. It worked incredibly well. I was wondering if something like this could be used to clean the grease off of a plastic dishwasher filter. Nothing else I have tried works. I'm wondering if the solvent would melt the plastic.

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December 23, 20180 found this helpful

I would use Blue Dawn and rinse the part very well before I put it back in the dishwasher. You dont want the dishwasher to oversuds.

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December 25, 20180 found this helpful

I really believe it would be too strong as my son uses a product like that and it states on the side panel - do not use on plastic.

I do not know what brand you have and each one seems to have a different type of filter, so just as a general rule most can be removed for a once a month or so cleaning.

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Caution: Use only one product solution at a time and thoroughly rinse between cleanings.

If it is removable, then blue Dawn in hot water should remove the grease/gunk. I would not try using a soap product inside the dishwasher as suds may present a new problem.
You can also try a little lemon ammonia in water but that has to be used in a ventilated area and preferably wearing gloves.

Here are a couple of links that have several different suggestions and has information for different brand (maybe yours is listed).

www.reviewed.com/.../why-you-need-to-clean-the-filter...

www.reviewed.com/.../how-to-clean-your-filthy-dishwasher

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December 25, 20180 found this helpful

Who made the dishwasher? Is it still under warranty?

I always suggest going right to the company and asking as anything you do could cause more damage and if it is under a warranty, invalid it. Even if it is not under warranty, you want it to last and the company that made it knows what works best with its products.

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Wishing you an easy fix!

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