Debris accumulates in today’s dishwashers
QI am very fed up with my dishwasher. After running a cycle, the bottom and insides of cups are caked with baked-on food, and cutlery ends up with food hardened onto each piece. This dishwasher was expensive, and it is only two years old. What can I do to fix this problem? Albert (Steinbach) ANSWER: New dishwashers are made to be water efficient and use less energy. In my opinion, dishwashers don’t clean as well as they once did. The appliances use less water and the basin tends to clog up, requiring regular cleaning because debris in the bottom of the dishwasher prevents the water from circulating properly. Either hire someone or take the dishwasher apart on your own. After the dishwasher basin is disassembled, you will see all kinds of debris, such as toothpicks, chicken bones and pieces of garlic. Clean and reassemble the dishwasher. With regular maintenance, your dishwasher should run well. Q: I read your hints in the newspaper every weekend and use many of the solutions. I moved our fridge to clean underneath and noticed there is a dented line on the flooring. Is there anything that can be done to lessen the dent? Thanks, Miriam, Winnipeg
A dishwasher should run efficiently with regular maintenance.