A rotten stench in the kitchen can be unpleasant, but fortunately there are some habits you can change that will probably help eliminate the foul odor.
The primary source of the odor in your Samsung dishwasher is old and rotting food particles that have not been flushed out of the system, either because your dishwasher is blocked or because you have not cleaned it thoroughly enough.
However, some causes might be beyond your control, requiring external intervention like the services of a plumber or some form of maintenance. The worst-case scenario would invariably be your having to purchase a new Samsung dishwasher altogether.
Read on to learn what might be causing a smelly dishwasher and how you can avoid having to purchase a new dishwasher altogether.
Why Does My Samsung Dishwasher Smell?
Usually, dishwashers start to get a bad smell when food particles get stuck in them from blockages or lack of cleaning.
When food has stayed out for a long time, it starts to decompose pretty quickly in any moist and warm environment. That chemical process is what makes it start to smell bad.
While the actual odor will vary considerably, depending on the bacteria, yeasts, and mold involved, the smell of a dirty dishwasher will always be pungent.
A dirty Samsung dishwasher will start to smell within just 24 hours because that is all the time required for mold to fester when old left-over food is exposed to moisture and warmth.
The longer you don’t deal with rotting food, the worse the smell will become. It becomes particularly problematic because most food will only start getting clogged in the drainage system of your Samsung dishwasher and not in the dishwasher itself.
So, the problem might take a little longer to detect, and by the time you start to smell it, the scale of the problem is actually quite large.
How To Get Rid Of Smell In Samsung Dishwasher
The best way to eliminate the foul smell in your Samsung dishwasher will be to clean it thoroughly with soapy, warm water. Depending on the odor’s extent or strength, you might need to clean your dishwasher more than once.
To really target the rancid smell in your Samsung dishwasher, it would also be prudent of you to clean the entire drainage and plumbing system that forms a part of your dishwasher, including the kitchen sink, spray arms, and drain hose.
For this, you can use soapy water, baking soda, white vinegar, or dishwasher cleaners.
Sometimes, the actual source of the putrid smell in your Samsung dishwasher is not in the dishwasher itself. Therefore, you may need to clean nearby parts.
Target Your Dishwasher’s Interior
Before you start cleaning the interior, ensure that the dishwasher’s entire internal cavity is empty. That means you should remove any dishes that are still in the dishwasher, followed by all the internal components that you would ordinarily stack your dishwasher on.
This will give you the freedom of movement required to target areas of the dishwasher that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to reach. These hidden dark spots are often the sources of your worst dishwasher odors.
When cleaning the inside of the dishwasher, you should also target all nozzles, dishwasher drain areas, and filters. If your machine allows you to, you should remove the filter and clean that separately, and your machine manual will likely supply some instructions to that effect.
When targeting the nozzle, a standard cleaning sponge won’t always be enough either, and you will need a small object like a toothpick or needle to help get the job done.
Other areas of the dishwasher that often fly under the radar are the seals around the dishwasher door and the actual racks that usually hold the dishes.
Those racks would typically form part of the components that you remove from the dishwasher before you start washing the inside, which means that you can get those racks washed in a sink, basin, or bucket.
You can decide how you go about that, depending on what will be easiest for you.
Run A Cleaning Cycle Without Dishes Inside
Once you have completed a manual clean of the dishwasher’s internal cavity, you should close the dishwasher and run a cycle with hot water. This cycle targets and breaks down any hardened fats that have gone undetected on the dishwasher walls and pipes.
It also checks if the hot water is running correctly into your dishwater. Washing your dishes with water that is not hot enough could actually be one of your major problems when dealing with strong odors from food debris that hasn’t flushed adequately through the system.
You should also use soapy water for your cleaning cycle, as you would if dirty dishes were in the washer.
Inspect Your Dishwasher
Once you have finished the cleaning cycle, open the Samsung dishwasher door, dry it on the inside, and let it air out a little. When ready, you can conduct a close inspection of your dishwasher and establish if there is still an odor, even if it is just a faint one.
If there is still an odor, there might still be a problem, and it is pretty likely that your sink or drainage system is to blame. After repeating steps 1 and 2, target the drainage and sink, along with the garbage disposal system.
Check For Standing Water
There is also the distinct possibility that the odor in your dishwasher is caused by water not draining correctly. Check for any standing water that might still be in the dishwasher cavity after you have run a normal cycle. If there is any, drain it.
If the water in your dishwasher is not draining appropriately, you are going to need the plumber anyway. However, it might also be helpful to have the plumber on hand to check if there is an issue to be remedied in the sink or the plumbing system connecting your dishwasher.
The best scenario is that your plumber will knock over two birds with just one stone.
Conclusion: Preventing Dishwasher Odor
Try to be more diligent about cleaning your dishwasher in the future, regardless of what the exact cause of your odor was the first time. That means consistently washing your dishes in good time without letting them sit in the dishwasher for prolonged periods.
It also means cleaning your dishwasher filter more regularly than you ordinarily would because a lot of the sour smell in your dishwasher can build up there.
Also, make sure that your dishwasher is working properly. You can read your manual for instructions on what to look for here. Red flashing lights are usually a red flag.
And always keep the water hot enough when running your wash cycle, as it better breaks down the fats that can harden and block piping and drainage systems.
Follow this guide, and you should have no problems in the future with a smelly dishwasher.