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Member Since 12 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 21 2013 07:19 PM

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In Topic: Dishwasher Clip Broken - Replace or Duct Tape Repair?

21 June 2013 - 07:21 PM

Hey.  Not good.  I bought my new parts and a rep told me to try to remove the coarse filter so I did try.  I wasn't able to take it out but the rep said to try to get under it to get the icky stuff out.  Now it won't go back in - and seems a little misshapen.  Sigh.  So it looks like I am now going to have to figure out how to get the dishwasher out of the wall and get a new coarse filter.  (part #502 on the diagram).  So no dishes are getting washed right now 'cept by hand.  Thx for checking in.  I am in a holding pattern now. If you have any thoughts I would love them.

In Topic: Dishwasher Clip Broken - Replace or Duct Tape Repair?

19 June 2013 - 01:40 PM

Thx for the explanation :).  I've used Biokleen, Tropical Traditions, Trader Joes and Finish.  And one small box of Ecover.  I've put them in the little "one use" powder dispenser area.

In Topic: Dishwasher Clip Broken - Replace or Duct Tape Repair?

19 June 2013 - 12:56 PM

Hey there.  

First of all, very funny photo :).


I am sorry to be asking so much and I really ask that you would stick with me.  First of all, I really appreciate the help.  And secondly, my blog has a really good following (almost 400,000 page views per month) and so I would love to be able to recommend a place for my readers to go, if it would make sense, for help with appliances.  So I kindly ask that you stick with me.  

I just noticed that the washer tabs that I have are the Finish Powerball tabs.  So apparently they have the rinse aid in them already.  Do you not consider that to be sufficient?  Also, to reply to "Spanner", I don't put detergent in the liquid dispenser area (of course, since I am using the tabs) so that issue of the dispenser clogging is not my problem.

If you have thoughts about the rinse aid I would appreciate it.


If you mean by "spent" that you would prefer I not comment or use your forum anymore, then let me know.  Thanks again.

In Topic: Dishwasher Clip Broken - Replace or Duct Tape Repair?

19 June 2013 - 11:23 AM

OK - so here is a natural rinse aid I just found.  Should this work?  Looks like from the reviews it does.  Aqua (water), ppg-4-laureth-8 and ceteareth-25 (plant-containing cleaning agent), citric acid (water softener). Trace materials are commonly present on cleaning product ingredients. No phosphates. This product is free & clear of dyes, fragrances & making agents


here is another one:


Water, ethyl hexyl glucoside (plant-based surfactant), urea (mineral spot-remover), phenoxyethanol (preservative), citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, methylisothiazolinone (preservative).


In Topic: Dishwasher Clip Broken - Replace or Duct Tape Repair?

19 June 2013 - 10:44 AM

Is the DishWasher filling with enough water ?

(and Draining good after Wash) ?

How can I check this? There is no water in the washer after the cycle is done so I assume draining is fine, right?


I have never used a rinse aid in my life - just the little bit of vinegar in the top rack.  So I guess I am just really confused as to why now it is worse when all I have changed is the not rinsing the dishes and increasing the water temp by using the sanitation cycle.


I did, by the way, check the fine filter again just now and there is still gook / fine medium brown particles visible on the other side of the screen and there is also some white residue which is something I haven't seen before.  So if I used the citric acid to clean the whole thing out and using the sanicycle and not rinsing is supposed to get that stuff out of there, why is it still there and why is there some new deposit as well?

This is all super frustrating since this is a top of the line GE.  We replaced our old one since they had a manufacturers problem and it was a repair or replace option and we thought it was the right thing to get the newbie a few years ago.  Now I am thinking it wasn't.

I really try not to use chemicals in our house so it is super frustrating to have to add more and more chemicals that gunk up the environment just to get my dishes clean and makes me just want to trash the machine and get another cabinet.

I personally am one of the "culprits" but vinegar as a dishwasher rinse aid is all over the internet.  I mean I am a "culprit" b/c I have a health and frugality blog and I shared that same solution w/ my readers awhile ago.  

End rant---but this is getting really frustrating.  I appreciate any ongoing help you all can give. Thank you.

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