Good morning everyone!
My dishwasher has not been consistently cleaning the dishes all the way for a few months and I had just about quit using it.
But last Sunday afternoon, we had a lot of dirty dishes and I was tired so I loaded up the dishwasher, then I sat down in the living room with my son and husband. A little while later, I went in the kitchen for a drink and saw that the kitchen floor was covered with water that was coming out of the dishwasher.
Thankfully my son helped dry up the water and my husband got the water shut off.
The appliance repairman came Monday morning, ordered a part and then replaced in on Weds morning - pretty fast service!
Anyway, the water inlet valve was ruined as it was just full of alum that is in our water and it had corroded the fittings too. That part was so clogged, it was not letting enough water in the dishwasher
After the repairman fixed the broken part, I asked him about the not-clean-enough dishes.
He told me several things to do and now, I can happily report that the dishwasher is working right and yields very clean dishes!
|Lemi-shine ( bought mine at Walmart with the dishwasher detergents for about $3.|
The appliance man said that all phospates were removed from dishwasher products about 2 years ago. Phosphates are bad for the environment but were good for cleaning dishes and keeping the inside of appliances clean and free of buildup.
He told me to get some LemiShine.
I followed the directions on the back of the LemiShine.
First, I ran the dishwasher, empty, on a hot long cycle with a full dispenser cup of LemiShine to clean the inside and all the spray holes, etc.
Then I ran a load of dirty dishes, again following the LemiShine directions. I put detergent in the first cup, LemiShine in the second cup.
Those steps resulted in a really clean load of dishes. yea!
I've been handwashing dishes lately and I think I mostly prefer anyway. It is much quieter and does not take that long unless there are really a lot of dishes.
Even though my hand have been in dishwater a lot, they are soft and not dry.
I think it is because of this cream I found at Dollar Tree.
The tubes are big, 10 ounces, and like everything at Dollar Tree, they cost $1.
|Dermasil cream from Dollar Tree - $1 for 10 ounces! |
I used to like that Blue Spa hand parrafin stuff from Bath and Body Works, at about $12 for a little tube.
But I really think this Dermasil works much better.
I've bought 3 tubes to keep one in the kitchen, one in my bedroom and one in the living room.
And if I got back to Dollar Tree and they still have it, I just might buy a few more tubes to have for later.
Another tip from the appliance repairman - he said any dishwasher or washing machine, no matter the age or brand, could malfunction and flood your house during a cycle. He said they should never be left running attended - either when we leave the house or go to bed. I am taking his advice on this one.