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Is there an effective unscented hard water remover?

We've had ongoing problems with hard water leaving a haze on our glassware, despite using rinse aid. I recently discovered products like Glisten and Lemishine. However, every product of this type that I've found has been lemon scented. Does an unscented version of this exist? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Nov 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Do I need to prepare long-idle appliances before using?

I just bought a house that has been vacant for at least three months. Are the appliances (dishwasher/washing machine) ready to use immediately? [more inside]
posted by MsDaniB on Aug 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking a gift dishwasher in the dishwasher equivalent of a mouth

Due to product-recall and corporate-policy fun, we have the opportunity to replace a 16-year-old basic model Maytag dishwasher with a brand-new equivalent 2016 model at no cost to us. However, a quick Google revealed that Whirlpool bought Maytag in 2006 and promptly shut down the factory, moving manufacturing out of the US. Further Googling reveals mixed feelings / reviews of newer Maytag products, including complaints about their durability. The current one is showing its age a bit (and there's that recall issue) but in other ways is a champ. So.... good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Aug 5, 2016 - 18 answers

Do I need a new dishwasher gasket/trim? Completely lost.

My dishwasher gasket came loose and I stupidly pulled it out. I have tried 30 plus times to put it back in, first with assistance from youtube and then from my relatively handy friend. I feel like I've wasted half the day and am pulling my hair out over a little problem, but I am close to just trying to order a replacement or repair job. Can anyone offer some pointers not mentioned in video that might help? Is a new gasket the answer? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Aug 2, 2016 - 25 answers

How do I reattach this dishwasher conduit/spray arm? Pictures inside.

The middle spray arm/dishwasher conduit for my 2-year-old dishwasher fell off. I don't think it's broken, but I could be mistaken. I've tried snapping it back into place, I'm not sure where to snap it into! Is this re-attachable? Or is the conduit actually broken? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jul 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Bosch dishwasher beeps at end of cycle, will not stop, losing my mind

I just bought a house with a Bosch dishwasher, model SHX56B06UC/14. It's the kind with the buttons on the top of the door, no display, so it has an end-of-cycle beep. And it will keep beeping every 10 minutes until you go turn it off. This is a problem, since we generally start the dishwasher at the end of the day, right before we go to bed. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 31, 2016 - 14 answers

Tankless water heater + new dishwasher = ???

I have a tankless water heater (a Takagi T-K Jr.) and am in need of a new dishwasher. The dishwasher we're replacing is an old (at least 15 years old if not more) Maytag with a heating element and it's always done a sufficient job. I was planning to replace it with a Bosch, but just learned that new Bosch dishwashers don't have a heating element...so I'm wondering if the water will get hot enough to clean the dishes. [more inside]
posted by Empidonax on Apr 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Can you recommend a dishwasher that will actually get dishes clean?

It's time for us to get a new dishwasher, and all we care about is one feature: can the dishwasher get dishes really clean? [more inside]
posted by cider on Mar 17, 2016 - 26 answers

When did GE stop making this crappy dishwasher?

Our apartment's old dishwasher, a GE Americana model, is no longer manufactured. Any idea how to figure out when it stopped being produced? I'd like to know what's the youngest possible age for the washer. GE was unresponsive to my queries. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Or Should I Dishwash...?

In my still desperate quest for gainful employment, this is an another option I am pondering... Once again, I have absolutely zero experience here. Tell me about the life of a dishwasher! [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Sep 20, 2015 - 25 answers

Can I replace my dishwasher's drain pump myself?

The dishwasher that came with the home we bought 9 years ago started making a crunching sound, and then it stopped making the sound, and now it doesn't drain. I suspect a bad drain pump. I know where to buy the replacement part online; is this a repair I can do myself or must I hire someone? [more inside]
posted by dywypi on Jul 29, 2015 - 16 answers

bought portable dishwasher, trouble removing sink sprayer hose

I bought a portable dishwasher and the instructions recommend removing the sink sprayer and capping it off. I cannot budge the hex bolt. I have tried liquid wrench and I am using a basin wrench (pliers won't fit in that space). 1. Any other suggestions? 2. If I've turned off the water to the sprayer, do I really have to remove the hose? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 19, 2015 - 8 answers

I just want to wash my dishes

My dishwasher in my apartment has a lower rack that is not made for my dishwasher, and this causes the dishwasher to not run correctly half of the time. I feel like my landlord is supposed to supply appliances that work correctly and not jury rig something together than kind of sort of works. Can I do anything besides wash my dishes twice or by hand? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Make the inside of my 4 year old stainless steel dishwasher sparkle!

I have had my dishwasher for about 4 years and this year the hard water build up has started to be very noticeable inside on the stainless steel interior. There are streaks of white, and spots inside of it, etc etc. It just looks blah. What are your suggestions for products or home remedies that I can use to make the inside of the dishwasher (somewhat) sparkly again? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Oct 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Push? Don't push?

What does this Bosh dishwasher button do? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Sep 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me have a countertop dishwasher, fancy faucet edition

I've been itching to have a countertop dishwasher again. The catch? I rent and my kitchen faucet is a pull out model, with the built in sprayer. I have an idea below -- can you let me know if it's feasible (plus any pitfalls to watch out for), and if not, perhaps point me in a better direction? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Recommend A Quiet Dishwasher

Our current dishwasher is noisy, and in our greatroom-plan condo, it's far too noisy. We're willing to buy a good one to get the quiet, but we don't know how quiet we need it to be. [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Jul 8, 2014 - 32 answers

Hauling stuff on a car with no roof rack

Is it possible to haul a portable dishwasher strapped on top of a Ford Taurus? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jun 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Dishwasher does not drain.... help!

I've just bought my first home and moved into my new place (hooray!). I've never had a dishwasher before and as such, I haven't used it once during my first week of living in the new place. This weekend though, I ran the dishwasher for the first time and urgh, once the cycle was finished, I opened the door and the dishwasher was still full of water :( What is the likely cause and can I fix it myself? Also, all appliances in the house were supposed to be in working order.... do I have any leg to stand on in asking the seller about this?
posted by JenThePro on Apr 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Lemi Shine alternative: citric acid? Something else for daily use?

We have hard water in our house, and our dishes are showing it something wicked. It's to the point we'll need to wash with something other than plain dish detergent every wash. Lemi Shine is great (mostly*), but it'll be expensive to run every wash with Lemi Shine. So I looked around and this house-keeping blog tried citric acid with positive results and a significant savings, while this chemistry blog thinks Lemi Shine is citric acid hemihydrate. Is there any concern to buying bulk citric acid or citric acid hemihydrate? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Countertop Dishwasher Isn't Cleaning Dishes

For the past few days, our countertop dishwasher hasn't been working properly. Out of one load, about a third of the dishes look properly clean, a third look like they have just been touched with a little water, and a third look like they weren't even rinsed. Where these three types show up seems to be random. I have cleaned the trap in the bottom of the dishwasher, and made sure the rinse aid compartment is full, and neither has had any effect. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Dishwasher questions -- trying to avoid a portable machine

There is a great spot in my small kitchen next to my refrigerator for a dishwasher. I would like to avoid one of those portable ones with wheels that you have to roll out and hook up to the sink. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Jan 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Kitchen appliance anxiety

It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 13, 2014 - 33 answers

Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Hell, Drain Hose Edition

It should be a simple thing, but it isn't: How do I clean out the drain hose and drain flap on my Fisher & Paykel dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Nov 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Really, my stove does not need wifi

I'm going to have to replace my kitchen appliances at some point, so I browse the interweb late at night to see what is out there. I'm dismayed at the universality of high-tech interfaces on mid- to high-end appliances, by which I mean panels with LEDs and buttons that beep, and are both fragile and expensive to replace; kosher fridges that I just know will malfunction and leave my food in the dark every Saturday; programming functions on my dishwasher that will require me to go back to school to understand. What other options are out there? [more inside]
posted by Capri on Oct 19, 2013 - 21 answers

Left dirty dishes in dishwasher before month long trip, covered in mold

Ugh, I left a load of dirty dishes in my dishwasher but forgot to run the cycle before a monthlong trip. Now it's full of mold and I'm not exactly sure if it's dangerous and how to clean it up (assuming I can still use the plates). [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Oct 4, 2013 - 21 answers

I need a new dishwasher!

So, it seems my Whirlpool dishwasher has finally bitten the dust - rather than actually washing, it kind of groans for the entire "wash" cycle, without actually, you know, spewing any water onto the dishes and cleaning them. Unfortunately, my local appliance store closed due to the owners retiring, so I can't ask their expert advice. Has anyone here bought a splendid new dishwasher lately? I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Dishwasher repair -- how? And should I?

I have a 7-year old Whirlpool dishwasher (GU2200XTSB to be exact.) I got the 7 clean-light-flash error signal, and was able to clear that (so control panel seems good.) Heating element -- still hot. Water fills? check. But then it just hums when in the past the big chugging washing motion would begin. So it sounds like some kind of pump/motor problem. The water isn't getting pushed around. The little detergent door is opened but the detergent is still there, barely wet. I am pretty handy and have repaired several other major appliances before. so -- 1) how to diagnose pump vs. motor vs. ???? 2) Is this just stupid given the age of the dishwasher? I'd rather pay $50 or $100 than $500, but....
posted by msalt on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Is my house about to burn down?

I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

How to find the best 33-inch dishwasher

After much searching, I found the perfect dishwasher. When the plumber came to install it, he broke the news that it was just slightly too large to fit under the counter. Now that I need to find a new one, what's the least tedious way to search for dishwashers with a specific height (or range of heights)? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Any tips for dishwasher repair?

I have a Siemens dishwasher which has suddenly stopped working properly. It doesn't seem to be heating water. I've found plenty of ideas online about what might be wrong. I'm quite handy and would be happy to have a go at fixing it myself, but I'm not sure about the degree of difficulty here. I don't want to risk setting the thing on fire. My question is: have you repaired something like this yourself? Or it is definitely a "call the repairer" situation? I don't like to throw money away on things I can fairly easily do myself (eg in an afternoon), but safety is my first consideration.
posted by rubbish bin night on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me buy a new dishwasher!

Which dishwasher should I pick? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on May 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Cleaning a smelly dishwasher

We have a countertop dishwasher, and absentmindedly left dirty dishes in it for a few days while we were out of town. We ran the dishwasher when we returned, but it still smells funky. How do we clean it, and make sure our dishes are getting clean, too?
posted by ocherdraco on May 4, 2013 - 10 answers

What's strong enough for a man, but made for a .... dishwasher?

My dishwasher stinks! Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

So pretty! But do they actually work?

Friends are in the beginning process of thinking about a kitchen remodel, and are wondering if anyone has good or bad things to say about the stoves, fridges, or dishwashers from The Big Chill. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Help with simple plumbing question - how tight should it be?

Installing a new dishwasher, and the elbow fitting that connects the hot water hose to the dishwasher ends up facing the wrong direction when tightened as far as it will go by hand. How many more times should I turn it with a wrench? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Feb 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Dishwasher or hand wash?

Dishwasher vs hand washing -- which is more efficient in this scenario? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Nov 7, 2012 - 43 answers

I put my dishes in the drawer.

What's your opinion of drawer dishwashers? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Aug 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Dishwasher recommendations

Looking for a good dishwasher, stumped by all the weird reviews. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jul 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Your valued dishwasher experience needed.

Dishwasher recommendations please! Two year old Frigidaire just broke (again) and it was as noisy as hell anyway (it was supposed to be a "quiet" model). Wife wants another new one... [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on May 13, 2012 - 20 answers

I got the dishwasher blues

Dishwasher residue buildup. It isn't mineral buildup. What now? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Dishwasher despair - it it the soap, the machine, or the user?

Why the heck is my brand new countertop dishwasher leaving a residue on the dishes? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jan 4, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me install my dishwasher

Help me connect the water supply to my dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Dishwasher Loading Debate : Utensil Edition

Which direction should the silverware point when you put it in the dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Nov 25, 2011 - 28 answers

How to stack plates in a dishwasher?

Which way do you put plates into a dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Nov 17, 2011 - 25 answers

Bugs in the air (vent)

Sink air vent invites buggaboos? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Something died in my dishwasher and I need help cleaning it.

Something literally died in my dishwasher. Please help me clean it. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Oct 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Dishwasher won't drain

Should I fix or replace my non-draining dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Today on This Jankety Trailer: Replacing Your Dishwasher

Can you help this complete newbie replace the dishwasher in my broken down old mobile home? The plumbing is, to put it kindly, non-standard, and I'm not sure how to proceed without flooding my dwelling. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Bosch Dishwasher Drain Noise

I've got a Bosch SHU9915UC/U11 dishwasher that makes a really loud noise a few times during the wash cycle. The noise comes during the draining cycle(s). It's loud and I think I might even hear some grinding noises. It does drain, and there is no water left inside when the cycle is complete, but I could do without all of the extra noise. I've located a replacement pump online, but before I buy I just want to get a few second opinions as to what you think the problem might be. Thanks!
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Apr 15, 2011 - 5 answers

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