We are not destined to have a dishwasher.
Until 2001, appliances worked well for us, rarely a problem
unless it was user error (No, you can't put corn husks
down a garbage disposal!) Well, you can but it is
a lot of work getting them out again.
Then we moved into a newly built house
which means all new appliances
that failed one by one, much earlier than anticipated.
Jenn Air dual ovens - the display went out
( I set the temperature and listen for the Ding
then have a grocery store wind up timer)
Jenn Air range with flat grill- auto light went out
on the grill so I have to light it with a bbq lighter.
Refrigerator- really nice one with whistles and bells. Broken
Refrigerator #2- cheapest model I could find. Works so far
but the service guys that put on the handles tightened them
so much that the handle broke! I gave up, let it dangle.
Dishwasher #1- motor fell apart, the service tech said
he'd never seen anything like it- out of warranty of course.
Dishwasher #2- Bosch, beautiful and quiet. All of the models
before ours were recalled. Ours was a month after the recall
models even though we had the same symptoms. Out of
warranty of course. They could start switching out parts but
couldn't say what part was bad so we might pay as much to
experiment with it than a new dishwasher costs.
No new dishwasher.
I was through, done.
In reading Consumer Reports, I found that appliances,
regardless of price, no longer had that service life that
we experienced growing up. In fact, none really made it
10 years although some were thousands of dollars.
And here our 1950s refrigerator sits just cooling away in the garage.
I remember my grandmother's side by side Kelvinator (Foodarama?) which would
hold enough food for 4 families, ran for decades.
Why can't I even get 5 years out of an appliance?
The only thing that has not broken is the trash compactor!
We hand washed dishes for the last three years
and then took the plunge when we found a deal on a
new model that someone ordered but backed out of.
My husband installed it and like Magic,
you could place your dishes into this big, black box,
push a button and they came out clean!!!
Except the glasses.
Oh, they were clean but coated in a cloudy film.
I tried liquid detergent, powdered detergent, hot water
and cooler water but nothing seems to help.
I essentially wash the dishes before putting them into
the dishwasher. I don't put in pots and pans, mostly
plates, silverware and glasses plus a couple of bowls.
We have well water and use a softener.
We use a rinse agent- which is a required lubricant for our model.
I have suggestions of using vinegar in the bottom of the washer,
opening the door when the cycle is through (if I am right there),
adding a secondary rinse agent that helps with cloudiness.
Any other suggestions?
I can't have people drinking out of these glasses
and what is the point of the dishwasher if I can't wash
my glasses, that part fills up first between water, milk and coffee!
Let me know what you think.