Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Five Minutes to a Like-New Dishwasher?

My dishwasher hasn't been doing a great job lately. It's not very old, and I don't think the problem is the detergent. The problem is mostly a granular residue (food particles, I suppose) on the inside of glasses.

I came across this article that has a method for cleaning the dishwasher to improve its performance. I was a bit wary of sticking a wire into the sprayer holes! I don't advocate this: use your own judgment.

I inspected the sprayer arms and found that one of the openings was plugged with food; I guess the water pressure at the end of the arm isn't enough to push it out. I carefully removed the piece of food, then ran the rinse-only cycle to flush out any remaining particles.

I've run the dishwasher one or two times since then, and the dishes have been clean. I hope that continues, but I'm glad to have found a solution that works for now.

edited 6/15 to add: I've now run the dishwasher at least ten times since this, and I've had no problems with that gritty residue. And to think that I was about to tell my husband that we should start thinking about a new dishwasher!

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  1. That's a great tip. I never really thought to look at it that closely, lol. Duh.

  2. Just like Sweet Serendipity, I never thought to look at the arms. Guess what I am going to be doing when I finish my comment:)

  3. We sometimes get that stuff in our glasses too. Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try it!

  4. Thanks - I have been wondering how to fix my dishwasher, I have the exact same problem as you and it drives me crazy!!!

  5. I've never even thought to look at the sprayer arms!


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