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    Default Stinky dishwasher

    Any hints on what to do about a stinky...and I'm talking something died in it stinky...dishwasher? Even the clean dishes smell! Help!

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    First investigate the drain to make sure there isn't some rotting meat or something stuck in there.

    If not, try running a cycle with a bottle of vinegar in it. If so, run a bottle of vinegar after you dig it out!



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    Hand wash a glass, let it dry, then fill the glass with water from a faucet nearest the dishwasher. Put you nose in the glass and sniff (best if its a tall glass).
    It might be your water, not the machine, that is the problem.
    Our water stinks. Short of putting in a water cleaner unit in the basement, not much we can do.



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    clean the filters then run a cycle with dish washer cleaner (right next to the detergents in the shelf)
    That stuff is quiet harsh. If it's not the water things should be better after.

    I have poured lemon juice in the dishwasher, when I could not remember how long it had been open. also cleaned things a bit.
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    I agree with everyone....Ive done the dishwasher cleaner (its in a white bottle by the dishwashing soaps)...and vinegar...both work well.

    I find myself needing to actually take the baskets out of the dishwasher and cleaning it with a sponge and cleaner...mine gets a gunky build up around the gasket that stinks over time if not cleaned.
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    We had to get a new one, when we moved in to our apt the dishwasher smelled like DEATH and apparently it wasn't draining or something... it was disgusting. We also have SERIOUS hard water here, so that probably didn't help!
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    Cheapest fix ever.

    Had to do this in Florida where we had well water that left a ton of deposits and stains etc.

    When you notice it getting stinky, run it empty with about 4 of the 20 cent packages of Lemonade Kool Aid in your detergent holding areas. Not the kind with sugar in it, the little concentrated envelopes.

    The ascorbic acid in it cleans everything out amazingly, and it'll smell like lemons afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Long Spot View Post
    Cheapest fix ever.

    Had to do this in Florida where we had well water that left a ton of deposits and stains etc.

    When you notice it getting stinky, run it empty with about 4 of the 20 cent packages of Lemonade Kool Aid in your detergent holding areas. Not the kind with sugar in it, the little concentrated envelopes.

    The ascorbic acid in it cleans everything out amazingly, and it'll smell like lemons afterwards.
    Interesting...

    Target sells this stuff called "Lemi-Shine" which is like powdered lemon and orange juices that works amazingly on hard water stains on dishes and leaves the inside of the machine very sparkly. I didn't realize that koolaide would do the same thing!



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    Baking soda. Works like a charm!

    The more the merrier in it too. Use a couple cups.

    Also on occasions I will use alot of white vinegar and run it. We have lots of lime around here.

    I cook alot of garlic and cut up alot of garlic also. Sometimes the dish-wish isn't ready to run but it smells STRONG. I dump in a cup or so of baking soda. The more the merrier.

    Also for fridges, I do not use baking soda, I use charcoal like you get from a pet store. Put some in a glass or whatever container and place in fridge and freezer. Works. When ya need more just toss outside in the garden.



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    Exclamation OOOOHHHH!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!!

    You probably have a backup starting! Our dishwasher would very occasionally leave a little water in the very bottom. Sometimes I didn't see water, but there was a smell. What had happened was our garbage disposal was no longer working correctly and the drain below both the sink and dishwasher had become partially clogged. Not enough I noticed it in the sink, however.

    I added bleach, etc. as suggested and that temporarily helped.

    Well one day the dishwasher was trying to force the water down the almost clogged drain and it broke the seal on the bottom of the dishwasher. We didn't realize it right away becasue it wasn't some big dramatic thing, but it soaked in to our wood floor (caused it to curl), water drained down into the guest bedroom below, came OUT the light fixture and soaked my brand new guest bed, ruining the bed AND the carpet and pad below.

    I had to have mold specialists out to check the walls (which were ok) and had to replace everything--new dishwasher, refinish the wood floors which ran throughout the entire upstairs, new garbage disposal, new bed, new carpet, you get the idea.

    Roto rooter fixed the clog right away and a new garbage disposer was a must. The plumber told me the only thing you put down a garbage disposer is jello (he was kidding a bit, but you get my point).

    I would be very careful!! This was a VERY EXPENSIVE thing I ignored!! It took years for it to happen, this was a gradual buildup...
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    Yep, check the drain and check for a backup. Also, unhook it, pull it out and see what's under it. When my stepson swapped our dishwasher out for a new one some years ago, you would not believe the built up bits of food that were under it, yuck! The thing looks water tight and all, but somehow stuff did get beneath and behind it. That experience has also convinced my DH and boys that those commercials that tell you some dishwashing soap means you don't have to rinse the dishes off before you put them in the washer are full of it. Not squeaky clean, but scrape food into the trash and quick rinse off with tap water before loading...not a single smelly, or clogged, dishwasher incident since. IMO, a diswasher is really for sterilizing dishes, not for getting of lots of food and gunky stuff.



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    I've stopped using mine because I hate the way it smells. I'd had it checked out and there's nothing blocked. It just stinks to me.
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    Check trap, check disposal if you have one. Like TrotTrotPumpkin said...if you have a disposal in your sink, it's most likely the cause.

    Try to the cleaners/refreshers and if those only work short term...it's something stuck/built up somewhere.
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    Took the filters out and don't see anything EXCEPT there is standing water in the very bottom of the filter area. I am running it with vinegar right now.

    Hope for the best!

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    Ditto the disposal. Some have a nipple that the dish washer drain connects to, theoretically to flush the disposal whenever the dishwasher is run.

    When I replaced our disposal, I moved the dishwasher drain to the other sink trap. It made a big difference. Also check the sink traps to make sure the water is not being pulled completely out. If it is, it'll allow odors from the sewage line to back up into the dishwasher.
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    Tried the vinegar trick and it worked great! If it happens again, I'll have to have someone come and look at it to see what the systemic problem is.
    Thanks!

    NJR
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