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Old 01-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Dishwasher inserts v. pellets

I went to buy the pellets the other day and could only find the 12 wash inserts. And they're triple the price !

Anyone ?

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Old 01-01-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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I don't know what inserts are.
I used to buy those power balls, but they stopped making them and the company changed hands, so now I buy the replacement gel things. And not thirty minutes ago, as I was unloading the dishwasher from last night, I found some of the blue gel laying in the bottom, undissolved of course. They'll be getting a call from me on Monday. The dishes seemed clean, but how could a gel not dissolve?
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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Plumber told us to use just plain powder.We use Cascade powder and have less problems than we did with liquids and everything else we tried.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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Pacanis, it could be that your water isn't hot enough. In the wintertime, I've noticed that our warm water isn't very warm at all.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:33 PM   #5
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You may be onto something, MW. I ran the DW right after a shower and a load of laundry. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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Yup. I didn't realize it until my around-the-house-clothes started not getting clean enough. I have a front loader, and it wasn't so easy to figure out the water temperature, you can't just stick your arm in there like you can for a top loader. Long story short, when it's cold, I don't run any laundry on a cold wash, even delicates.

FTR, I always run my dishwasher on the short cycle, but with hot water. I find that works best for us.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:21 PM   #7
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Modern dishwashers don't depend on the temperature of the water piped in to wash the dishes. Water is collected in the DW and the coil on the bottom heats it to the appropriate temperature, then the wash cycle starts.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:50 PM   #8
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I thought that coil was used for drying. I need to read up on DWs, mine is getting up there in years.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:58 PM   #9
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I thought that coil was used for drying. I need to read up on DWs, mine is getting up there in years.

Fred, it does both.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:52 PM   #10
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I have nothing to offer, since I don't have a DW...just good 'ole elbow grease here for me, but, when I did have DW's in the past, I found that I never did use them properly - to me, they were just "safer" hiding-places alternative to the oven. Oh, the things that I have ruined in my past!!
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