Bosch Dishwasher Starts Then Says clean (Know The Cause)

Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by River Tree Farms

Hi, I’m going to write about a Bosch dishwasher that doesn’t work the way it should. The problem is that the Bosch dishwasher starts and then says clean, and the wash cycle cannot continue normally. It happens in a couple of minutes and sometimes immediately after the wash cycle has begun. The load is not clean at all.

Your Bosch dishwasher (just like mine) starts up perfectly fine, then goes haywire after running for a few minutes for the following reasons: clogged or stuck circulation and drain pump and a faulty dishwasher control board. In this case, the control board signals that the circulation pump or the drain pump is drawing more power than it should.

This article will break down the common issues that might give you a ‘clean’ in the Bosch dishwasher. I will also show you how to fix and prevent them in the future.

Why my bosch dishwasher starts then says clean?

Why my bosch dishwasher starts then says clean

The problem diagnosis depends on when the dishwasher turns on the bosch dishwasher pure light. For example, if the pure light can come on after 30 seconds or even after 5 minutes of the wash cycle.

So why does your dishwasher starts and then says clean?

1. Drain pump

dishwasher drain pump

If the Bosch clean light comes within 30 seconds of the cycle, the drain pump has a problem. Why? When you press the start button in the Bosch dishwasher, it drains first, then fills the water, and the circulation starts for the cleaning process to be a success.

If the dishwasher does almost nothing and the clean light indicator is already on, the drain has not done its part, and the dishwasher automatically stops the cycle.

What makes the drain pump not work in the bosch dishwasher?

  • Debris that interferes with the pump’s usual functioning
  • Obstacles to the pump
  • Any blockages in between the pump
  • Malfunctioning drain pump

If you have tried the rest of those as mentioned above on your pump and it still does not drain, it might be about time to replace the drain pump.

2. Circulation Pump

dishwasher circulation pump

If the Bosch dishwasher clean light comes on after 30 seconds, the circulation process might have been interrupted due to a faulty circulation pump. The Bosch dishwasher starts the cycle and then says clean because the critical stage of cleaning through the spray arms did not happen.

If you open the dishwasher, the dishes are not even wet at this point.

The circulation pump maybe having the same issue as the drain pump:

  • Debris
  • Getting stuck
  • Damaged circulation pump

3. Damaged Controlled board

dishwasher damaged controlled board

Since the control board is the brain of all the functions of the Bosch dishwasher, if it does not work correctly, it might bring this issue. The control board will think the cleaning process is finished and the dishes are clean while. Indeed, nothing has happened.

When the control board has a problem, Sometimes it will just work fine, while other times it will bring many issues, including that of the Bosch dishwasher starts then saying clean.

The duration between starting and saying Clean will also vary; sometimes, it will even say clean after a whopping 5 minutes of the wash cycle.

Unfortunately, the Bosch control board has no repair but will usually need to be repaired to get your appliance working.

4. Appliance Malfunction

dishwasher malfunction

Sometimes this will happen even if the drain pump and the circulation pumps are OK and the control board is usually working.

This will sort the issue effortlessly as this Bosch dishwasher clean light is brought about by a technical glitch just after the cycle starts.

How do you sort the dishwasher starts and then say clean if the appliance does not have a significant issue? You will reset your dishwasher. I will tell you how shortly as you continue reading.

How do I fix it; when the bosch dishwasher starts and then says clean?

The Bosch dishwasher troubleshooting will be guided by the identified problem, as discussed above. First things first, though:

Reset the Bosch dishwasher

Method 1:

  • Open the dishwasher’s door
  • Press off, press on, press off again, and then on
  • Wait for the wash cycle light to blink
  • Close the dishwasher’s door
  • Press the start

Method 2:

  • Power off the appliance by unplugging from the power source or by switching off the circuit breaker
  • Leave it without power for 5 minutes
  • Re-connect to the energy where you cut it off
  • The Bosch dishwasher is reset

Method 3:

  • Press and hold the start button for about 3 seconds
  • Release and the Dishwasher will show a reset on display.

These methods fix many issues in the Bosch dishwasher, but method number one stands out in the problem we are discussing today.

The solution will replace the drain or circulation pump if the reset process does not sort the issue. Please refer to the discussion above to be able to tell what the problem is.

The replacement process for both the drain pump and the circulation pump requires technical know-how, and you need to contact customer service for more information.

Read More: Bosch Dishwasher Stops Mid Cycle – Here’s What To Do!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does Bosch Dishwasher clean light mean?

It means the cycle has stopped, and the dishes are still dirty and maybe not wet. However, if the Bosch dishwasher starts and then says clean, the dishwasher might have an issue with the drain pump, the circulation pump, or the main control board.

Why won’t my Bosch dishwasher finish the cycle?

Thermal fuses have blown in between the cycle, or you have not closed the door properly. The whole system will go off if it is the switches. Please complete the door until it latches, as you will hear the sound when it has closed properly.

How do I force my Bosch dishwasher to drain?

You cannot force the dishwasher to drain. The only thing you can try doing is resetting the dishwasher by pressing the start button and holding it for about 3 seconds.


This dishwasher is probably saying “clean” or having a Bosch dishwasher clean lights on because of a clogged drain pump or the main control board having an issue.

We are not saying a clean light indicator is a problem in the dishwasher functions; no! It is a problem when the Bosch dishwasher starts and then says clean, as it has not even cleaned the dishes.

I hope the tips above have helped you solve your Bosch dishwasher problem. If you are still having trouble, please call customer service for more Bosch dishwasher troubleshooting tips or maybe repair and replacement.