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Smelly gunk in my Kenmore dishwasher


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#1 megapax

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 04:05 PM

Lately I noticed a foul odor in my Kenmore Ultra Wash model#665.16769000 even after going through a cycle. When I checked it out I found slimey crud deposited in various recesses in the interior, in the back corners, along the wheel tracks for the bottom rack, and the underside of the door. We have well water that goes through a carbon tank filtration system and a softener. I have been using Electrasol tabs for over a year without problems. I am baffled by this build up. Do you have any words of wisdom which can lead me along the path to a stink-free dishwasher?

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 04:36 PM

Wipe out the crud as best you can....   Fill the detergent dispenser, and the prewash cavity with detergent( I believe Cascade to be the best) . Select the heated wash and heated rinse options.  Then run the machine empty in a Pots& Pans cycle. You can add a cup of bleach if you really want to sanitize the interior. Put some Jet-dry in the wetting agent dispenser too.

You might want to do this a couple times to get it good and clean.

I believe this is caused by people being too tight with the detergent. I always fill the dispenser, and put some in the prewash cavity. The crud is food oils and fats that have not been broken down by the detergent. I also recommend rinsing or scraping the plates before you load them in the dishwasher.

Let us know how it works.

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