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Old 07-30-2010, 03:16 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. There is some sage advise to be had. I will try the vinegar idea, Kayelle. My wife has been adding it to the full cycle, and it has helped somewhat there. I may even try your technique, plus adding it after the initial short cycle. Thanks. Oh, and since my hard-water problems are mostly calcite in deposits, I'm thinking that the vinegar might just help dissolve any particulates over time.

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Old 08-02-2010, 12:37 PM   #12
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GW, at the beginning I was adding the vinegar along with the dishwashing soap like your wife is doing. It helped some, but not enough. I concluded that the dishes really need a full good spray of straight vinegar, before the full wash cycle is started with soap. This method works every time. I agree that the vinegar being used every time like this really helps to dissolve our "chunky" water. lol
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:51 PM   #13
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GW, at the beginning I was adding the vinegar along with the dishwashing soap like your wife is doing. It helped some, but not enough. I concluded that the dishes really need a full good spray of straight vinegar, before the full wash cycle is started with soap. This method works every time. I agree that the vinegar being used every time like this really helps to dissolve our "chunky" water. lol
I tried it and my dishes came out nice and clean. Now, I have to try it with regular electric dish soap. Do you have a favorite brand? I've been using a little Dawn regular dish soap, but that makes too many suds, even with the small amount I'm using.

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Old 08-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #14
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I tried it and my dishes came out nice and clean. Now, I have to try it with regular electric dish soap. Do you have a favorite brand? I've been using a little Dawn regular dish soap, but that makes too many suds, even with the small amount I'm using.

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I'm so glad to read this GW!! But NO NO NO you can't use Dawn dish soap in a dishwasher !! That in itself may have been part of your problem, it's just not the right formula for a dishwasher. I've tried many bands of dishwasher soap, and am firmly convinced that Cascade (the regular granular kind) is the best on the market. Can't wait to hear the next report!!
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If you have access to a Costco, their brand (Kirkland Signature) of dishwasher soap works just fine and is really inexpensive.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:15 PM   #16
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If you have access to a Costco, their brand (Kirkland Signature) of dishwasher soap works just fine and is really inexpensive.
Nope, no Cosco, or any other warehouse style market is available here. The closest thing we have to that is a Super WalMart that I don't like very much.

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The WalMart brand isn't too bad. I have used it before. I usually buy Cascade or Palolive, depending on what coupons I have.
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Just did a load of dishes and was thinking about you GW....

What's the latest in the dishwashing saga? Inquiring minds need to know.
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Just did a load of dishes and was thinking about you GW....

What's the latest in the dishwashing saga? Inquiring minds need to know.
It takes both dishwasher soap and vinegar. Neither is sufficient by itself. But my dishes are cleaner again. Thanks for the help, everyone.

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Good to hear GW, and you're very welcome.
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