WFMW– Prolong a dying dishwasher

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I now have something I never thought I’d own. A stainless steel dishwasher. I know, aren’t you jealous?! Thanks to a closeout sale and our tax refund, I no longer have to wash all the dishes by hand. (This is sad. Next I’ll be excited about an iron.)

We had a dishwasher. It just didn’t work. It died slowly, over a period of several months and I did learn how to help prolong it. So if you’re in the same boat, here’s what worked (for a while, at least.)

*Use the best detergent you can afford. It really did make a difference. I like Electrasol tabs.

*Run the hot water a minute or two before starting the dishwasher. This way your dishes will get hot water immediately.

*Be sure to load the dishes so they face the water spray.

*Rinse before loading. (I know, this totally defeats the purpose, but it’s better than handwashing.)

*Use vinegar in the little liquid bin.

These things worked for me! Check out more tips at Rocks in my dryer.

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Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 11:31 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. I’ll have to try this! Our dishwasher is on its last leg, I believe… And feel free to link! 🙂

    blessings,
    Lauren Christine

  2. Just a question…what does the vinegar do? Do you put it where the Jet Dry stuff would go??
    Thanks for the tips!

  3. Yes, that’s exactly where you put it! 🙂 I couldn’t remember the word “Jet Dry” when I wrote the post! I kept thinking, that stuff in the commercial.
    You know, I’m not actually sure what the vinegar does! LOL. It made a crappy dishwasher get the dishes cleaner, but I’m not sure the mechanism. My dishes were cleaner and I didn’t have to handwash them when I used it, at least! 🙂

  4. I love the vinegar tip! I just did a quick Google search and found all kinds of support for substituting white vinegar for the commercial rinse aid in your dishwasher. It saves money, is better for the environment, and reduces chemicals used in your house. I plan to try it right away! Thanks.


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