Regular care and maintenance of your GE dishwasher will keep your appliance working more effectively. Even if you rinse your dishes before loading the dishwasher, food particles can eventually build-up and block the food trap. And if left for too long, your dishwasher will not be able to drain and rotten food will cause your dishwasher to smell. Some GE dishwashers come equipped with self-cleaning filters. But for the ones that don't, you must clean the traps yourself.
Check the user's guide for your GE dishwasher to locate the food trap. You may need to remove the bottom or the top racks to access the food trap.
Pull out the filter and rinse it clean. Remove any chunks of food. Use a sponge to dislodge and wipe off any stuck on debris.
Wet a sponge with warm water and clean the food trap reservoir.
Reassemble the food trap and replace the racks, if necessary