questionsany suggestions on how to deodorize a dishwasher?

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Baking Soda wash? I've heard running a couple of Tablespoons of Baking Soda helps

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Have you tried running it empty with detergent? Try an option/cycle that includes a sanitary cycle, to make sure the water running through the machine is really hot. You should also check the bottom of the washer tub, there may be food debris that is stuck and rotting. Both dishwashers with filters and debris grinders are suspectible to this, not everything fits to be ground/drained away.

Also, you can buy those dishwasher freshening products. I use a cheap one that's in a bottle w/ a dissolving plug when I feel my dishwasher has too much grease in it and it sticks to the plates instead of being washed away. You turn it upside down, and the hot water melts the seal, and the special cleaner goes to work on the gunk left in your dishwasher, including all the spray heads and drains, and other places impossible for you to reach conventionally. Finish makes one too, and probably Cascade too.

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I've heard for years that running a packet of unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid instead of detergent does the trick. I believe it has something to do with the citric acid.

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Vinegar. I run it on a cycle (empty) with some vinegar. 1 to 1.5 cups of vinegar with no detergent.

Once it's finished it seems to be much cleaner.

I do this about 2-3 months, though around the holidays with extra use it might get an extra cleaning.

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@mtm2: If he really wanted to have some fun, he could do that and the baking soda at the same time! I know what I'm doing this weekend!

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Great question, I have to try a couple of these suggestions myself....

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@capguncowboy: Excellent suggestion! I see an evening of fun...

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@capguncowboy, @nam1123, @jsimsace and @mtm2: Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to try them all at once and see if that improves matters. I mean, if each of them works, then their cumulative effect will be incredible! It will be like having a new dishwasher...or I'll have to go out and buy a new dishwasher.

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@capguncowboy: That would be cleaning up one heck of a mess...post pics!

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@okham: BTW, love the tags:
kitchen
chat
oh-my-god-what's-that-smell

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@jsimsace: I wasn't sure that they would be left alone, but it appears they meet the rigorous tag standards :)

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If you live in an area of hard water, it may take a couple of cycles with 1-2 cups each. Depending on the dishwasher cycle, some may empty the bottom tub first thing during the wash, so it may help to put the vinegar in a glass cup halfway on its side on the top shelf.

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The Spa Giene vendor from yesterday had a product that is supposed to do that. They offered a $10 discount for the feature ad but you could ask for it, maybe.

Here is the website...http://www.spagieneusa.com/shoppingcart/agora.cgi?product=retail

I ordered it for my dishwasher and my washing machine. That's how I have the website. I saved it in my favorites in case I like the stuff and want to order it again.

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I've used the vinegar method before with good results. Also, check the bottom for a trap that some machines have, mine gets caked with gunk...bleh

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@cindihoward, @baillard, @eijisama, @liquidblue1 and @mistamoose: Further thanks. I'll add those to my list. As requested, I'll get a photo of the results.