Wonder if anyone can offer any advise please.
I bought my first dishwasher -- second hand -- about a month ago. I have now
got small bits of rust like stuff on my cutlery. The cutlery is stainless
steel, but it is very stained.
Any ideas what could have caused this. is it due to the dishwasher?
Should I be using salt? I have no idea how much to use, if at all. Don't
even know where I should put it.
I know this isn't really a DIY question, but hope someone could help.
Assuming that there are no rusty bits on the baskets in the machine then
it may well just be the cutlery going rusty!
There a good grades of stainless steel and there are cheap grades - if
it is relatively cheap cutlery then this maybe the cause. A dishwasher
tends to wash hotter and with more agressive chemical than your
avarage hand wash.
We have some cheap cutlery that has the same problem. Mind you, we also
have some that cost under a fiver from argos that seems fine!
If you are in a hard water area then yes. It usually goes into a container
in the base of the machine. Access is usually (always?) via a screw on
cap that is in the bottom of the machine. Pull the bottom basket out
completely and you should be able to see it.
If that doesn't help then post what make/model it is. Someone else is
bound to have something similar.
Dishwashers seem to be a common subject on here recently (partly my
You definitely need salt if only to soften the water and aid in rinsing the
dishes. Rust spots are normally caused by not allowing the dishes to stand
in washer until the residue heat has dried them off, so don't open the door
and let the heat out straight after the wash cycle has finished. Having no
rinse aid solution in the machine can also be a culprit. You should see a
fill cap beside where the powder goes, it more than likely twists off with a
quarter turn, and this should be filled with rinse aid liquid until the
little clear window beside it goes dark coloured.
What make ? And what model ? Do you have an instruction booklet ?
Many thanks for your replies. I have visited the web site, and managed to
download the user handbook.
It appears that the salt rinse cap is missing, so I am ording 1, and I now
know where to put the rinse aid.
Ah. I am not the only one who has noticed that it actually takes longer
to load and unload teh thing, clear off surplus food, clear the bits of
icky shite from teh fletr, load teh powedr, teh rinse aid, teh ssaalt
etc...than it does to stack the dishes in the sink, scrub em cleam and
stack in the drying rack?
Not to mention that a dishwahser doesn't actually wash dishes - it sort
of rinses them with a low grade pressure wash, none of which is capable
of gettiong egg, burnt potaies, the crunchy bits from lasagne, or indded
much esle of cooking utensikls, even if they fitted the washer, which
mostly they don't...
Ok, its a boon when you have a dinner party. But in normal life for one
or two people and the occasional visitors, IMFHO its a complete waste of
Do you have to use abrasive to get the stains off?
Is the cutlery really dishwasher proof?
Theres stainless and "stainless" ....
Maybe the machine hadn't been used for some time before you got it and its
just some crud from the machine.
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