Are you careful to buy a good-quality brand of dishwasher detergent? If you live in Utah or California, that may not be an indicator of performance. Recently, the Utah Legislature decided that it would be a good way to show our ‘green-ness’ if it was made illegal to have phosphates in the dishwasher detergent. They did this in spite of information that it is not difficult to remove phosphates from the water at treatment facilities. This has made the performance of all of the dishwashers in the state drop significantly, even to the point of completely ruining some dishwashers. My sister-in-law, Care Bear, has to replace a dishwasher that is barely two years old, due to mineral build-up inside the working parts and I’m hearing this same sad song from others as well. Thanks, lawmakers, this is just what we needed – now Big Brother washes our dishes too – he just does a really bad job of it.
Fortunately, if you learn about it in time you can prevent a lot of problems by occasionally running a dishwasher cleaner, like LemiShine, or some citric acid through while the dishwasher is empty. Also, be sure to always use rinse-aid in the machine. Not only will your dishes be sparklier, but your dishwasher will love you and be more likely to live a long and happy life.
winner-winner, chicken dinner 🙂