It is best to clear any bits of food from plates and pans before placing them in the dishwasher, but undoubtedly there will be some pieces that sneaks by. Luckily the dishwasher filter has your back! It catches any food debris that is cleaned off the dishes. The question is do you have the dishwasher filter’s back?
Once a month take a couple minutes (literally) to pull out the filter and give it a good washing. A little soap and water goes a long way here. The only caveat is to be sure you don’t poke a hole in the soft mesh part of the filter.
In order to remove the filter you can take a look at the dishwasher manual or simply inspect the inside. It should be pretty easy to pull or unscrew out.
If you’d like to learn more, check out the dishwasher maintenance page.