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Offline Smelly in Battle Ground

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Smelly Dishes
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:55:29 AM »
Hello: 

We are the proud owners of a new Bosch SHX55R55UC/64.  Something we have wanted for a long time, but sadly, it has not fixed one major issue we’ve had for a few years. Our dishes and glasses smell like wet musty dog.  But first a little history.

We built our house 5 years ago at which time we installed an entire kitchen suite of KitchenAid appliances.  Super disappointed!  Everything but the microwave has had problems. 
We first noticed the dish smell issue about 6 months into using the super fancy, super expensive, double drawer dishwasher.  At first we thought it was the porcelain dishes, so we replaced them, then we thought it was because there was standing water in the dishwasher, so we manually sucked all the water out with a turkey baster after each and every wash.    We have hard water so we bought a very expensive water softener.   None of these steps repaired the issue so, we decide to bite the bullet and buy our dream dishwasher, the Bosch.  We thought, “that will certainly fix the problem!” Sadly, it has not.  I have scoured the internet and this seems to be a common problem, but I cannot find a solution.  I thought I’d go to you, the experts…. 

We have had a plumber tell us that nothing is wrong with our piping.  Frankly, we have tried everything. 
We have tried:
various detergents.
leaving the door open after the cycle has completed.
tossing a lemon in the garbage disposal before washing.
pouring baking soda in the dishwasher basin.

And the best part about this is that it doesn’t always happen.  Only sometimes…….   

One more detail: there is another house on our property that was built in 1996.  This is not a problem in thier house, so I have pretty much rulled out the water source. 

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 12:36:20 PM »
My first thought was it's related to hard water and the transition of the dishwashing detergents to no phosphates a couple of years ago. But, since you've installed a water softener, that should have fixed the problem if that were the case.  Maybe you can install an inline filter, they make them specifically for dishwashers. Have you tried a rinse agent like Jetdry?

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 01:05:27 PM »
Thank you for the ideas.  We do use Jetdry. 
I will look into an inline filter.
One question.  I've read that there is a rod in the hot water heater that can go out yet still heat the water.  Is this a viable possibility?

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 01:43:25 PM »
Try some lemi-shine that is a dishwasher cleaner and you can get at walmart for about $3.75 in a plastic bottle good to clean dishwasher and has 3 different methods of using it on the bottle and one method is using it in the soap cup and closing soap cup door and putting  your detergent in the bottom of dishwasher.I would use it to clean dishwasher by putting it in soap cup and some extra in bottom to clean the tub.There is enough for about 18 cleanings.Also very important is to run the hot water in your sink before you put on your dishwasher to flush out the cold water in your pipes.Also use some of the longer cycles on the dishwasher as todays dishwasher use less water.

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 01:56:32 PM »
How about disposal do you get odors from that?

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013, 02:00:56 PM »
We do not get any odor from the disposal. 
I clean out the traps on a regular basis (generally, nothing there) and the dishwasher is super duper clean. 

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013, 02:09:12 PM »
I still would try that lemi shine it will not hurt.All dishwasher today and washer machine today you have to use a cleaner to clean the washer or you could get a smell.They use less water.38 years in business.
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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2013, 02:13:57 PM »
Is that the only place in your house you get a smell?

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013, 02:16:48 PM »
Thank you for the ideas.  We do use Jetdry. 
I will look into an inline filter.
One question.  I've read that there is a rod in the hot water heater that can go out yet still heat the water.  Is this a viable possibility?
     Water heaters have an anode rod, which reduces corrosion inside the heater.    Certain rods, combined with certain water ( often well water) can create an odor in the water.    A plumber can change the anode to a different material type for that issue.   If you are not on a well, this is usually NOT a problem.

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Re: Smelly Dishes
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013, 02:32:41 PM »
We don't notice a smell in the bathroom.
Is that the only place in your house you get a smell?

 

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