For the past two or so years, I’ve been moaning and complaining about the fact that my not quite four year old dishwasher simply stopped cleaning dishes. Granted, we use our dishwasher, fully loaded 2 (sometimes 3) times a day, but even under those tough circumstances, I think it’s fair to expect five years.
I just gave up. We let the dishwasher sit there and started doing the dishes by hand. This isn’t that bad when you have six people pitching in, but I did notice our water bill went up noticeably.
The other morning, I saw on the local news program that I never watch because they are all far too perky and happy in the morning, a short segment on a recent surge on new dishwasher purchases. The main complaint? Foggy glassware, food left on dishes, and oogy silverware. Hello???? This was our situation entirely. You can read the story here. Google if you want to read more.
I’m all for cleaner everything – environment, dishes, you name it . . . But, I’m also a fan of living in the 21st century and, for most of us, that includes a dishwasher. (Can you hear the angels singing? If not, trust me, they are.)
I started reading more about this and decided to run a test here. I added 1/4 c. of Borax to the bottom of the dishwasher along with dishwasher detergent in the regular thingie on the door. Voila!!!!! I have a working dishwasher again.
It’s awesome and wonderful. Really, you’d think we discovered fire based on the kids’ reactions. I’ll be checking the water bill next month – I’ll try to remember to keep you posted.
(I’ve also read great things about something called Lemi-Shine, but I haven’t tried it.)