KitchenAid Dishwasher Filter Location: Your Easy Guide to Cleaner Dishes

Last updated on June 14, 2024

In this guide, you’ll learn exactly where to find the filter in your KitchenAid dishwasher and how to easily access it.

Got dishwasher troubles and a kitchen turning into a splash zone? No worries! In just a few easy steps, we’ll make sure your KitchenAid dishwasher filter is clean and functioning like a champ. You’ll find the filter, give it a quick rinse, and have your dishes sparkling in no time. Ready for a hassle-free guide? Keep reading, and let’s dive into the nitty-gritty (without getting grimy fingers).

Key takeaways:

  • Pull out bottom rack for filter access.
  • Locate and remove dishwasher filter near spray arm.
  • Rinse filter with warm water, no soap needed.
  • Reinstall filter carefully to ensure proper fit.
  • Clean filter monthly to avoid dishwashing disasters.

What's Inside


pull the bottom rack out

First up, it’s all about accessing that filter. The bottom rack in your KitchenAid dishwasher holds the key. With a gentle tug, slide it right out. No need for superhero strength here; just glide it smoothly.

Once the rack is out of the way, you’ll have a clear view of the dishwasher floor. Here are some quick pointers:

  1. Be sure to check for any rogue utensils or stray dishes lurking down below. No one needs a surprise spoon attack.
  2. Take a quick peek around. Maybe mop up any water droplets hanging out. It’s like giving your dishwasher a mini spa day.
  3. If you see food particles, keep calm. They’re not plotting against you, just making themselves at home temporarily.

Now that the area is clear, you’re one step closer to filter freedom!


First, you’ll want to peek inside the dishwasher’s tub. The filter is usually at the bottom. Look around the base, near the spray arm. Spot something that looks like a mini colander on a secret mission? Bingo, that’s your filter.

Twist the filter counterclockwise. It’s like opening a jar of pickles, but less delicious. Once it’s unlocked, lift it out gently. If you feel like you’re performing a magic trick, you’re doing it right. Voilà, filter in hand. Now, look at that thing. It’s not for catching treasure, but it does catch gunk like a champ.


Alright, time for a spa day for your filter!

Grab the filer and head to the sink. Warm water is your best friend here, folks. Run it under the tap and let the warm water flow through all those nooks and crannies.

For stubborn gunk, a soft brush, like an old toothbrush, works wonders. A gentle scrub will ensure you don’t damage the delicate mesh while evicting food particles.

No soap needed! Just warm water and a bit of gentle scrubbing.

It’s like giving your filter a refreshing mini-vacation. Treat it well, and it’ll keep your dishes sparkling!


Putting the filter back in is a breeze. Once it’s clean and shiny, just follow these steps:

First, carefully align the filter with the designated slot at the bottom of the dishwasher. Make sure it sits properly; no tilting or leaning.

Next, gently twist or push (depending on your model) the filter back into place. It should lock or snap in without much force. If you need to muscle it, something’s wrong.

Double-check it’s secure. Give it a little wiggle, but don’t go Hulk on it. If it’s firm, you’re good to go.

Slide the bottom rack back in, and there you have it. Ready for action without any leftover lasagna lurking in the filter.


Cleaning the dishwasher filter is like brushing your teeth—essential and best done regularly. Ideally, aim to clean it once a month. This keeps your dishwasher running smoothly and your dishes sparkling.

If you use your dishwasher daily or have hard water, you might want to clean it more often. Hard water can lead to mineral build-up, causing extra grime on the filter.

Run an empty cycle with vinegar every few months to break down any gunk. The extra TLC ensures longevity for both your dishwasher and its filter.


Let’s be real: letting that dishwasher filter go unchecked is like inviting chaos to your spotless kitchen party.

First, you might notice your dishes aren’t coming out as sparkly as they should. Residual food particles can stay behind, making you wonder if your dishwasher is on strike.

Second, a clogged filter can lead to unpleasant odors. No one likes a kitchen that smells like yesterday’s lasagna.

Third, over time, trapped debris can gunk up the works, reducing efficiency. Your dishwasher might take longer to clean, or worse, it might stop working altogether.

Finally, not maintaining your filter can lead to costly repairs or even replacement. A little cleaning now saves you a whole lot of trouble—and cash—later.

So, keep that filter clean and your dishwasher will keep rewarding you with gleaming dishes and a fresh-smelling kitchen!

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