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Help have new dishwasher tabs ruined everything??????

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LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Tue 06-Sep-11 11:27:47

I bought a different type of dishwashers tablets a couple of weeks ago and now pans, knives and forks etc have streaky marks and rainbow type marks. Lots of these marks are not coming off with hand washing. What is it? Has it knacked everything?

lubeybooby Tue 06-Sep-11 11:29:14

Mine only does that when it's low on salt or rinse aid - have you got enough of both in the machine?

LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Tue 06-Sep-11 11:33:53

I've never used salt, should I? Haven't checked the rinse aid recently though.

LordOfTheFlies Tue 06-Sep-11 11:50:23

When I had my new dishwasher fitted (2006) I put in one of those one dose salt packs and forgot about it because I -wrongly- thought the salt in my 5-in-1 tablets would be okay.
When the machine had to be repaired blush,we were told that it empties the salt resevoir once a month and flushes it through.

I live in a hard water area

LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Tue 06-Sep-11 11:52:35

Just had a look and it even says on the pack no need for rinse aid or salt confused

Seona1973 Tue 06-Sep-11 12:10:24

I always use extra salt/rinse aid regardless of what the pack says as the salt in the tablets doesnt recharge the salt reservoir in the machine. Check what your machine manual says as it may recommend using salt/rinse aid even when using tablets with added salt/rinse aid function.

LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Tue 06-Sep-11 12:15:17

Where would salt go, have never added it.

nocake Tue 06-Sep-11 12:19:33

On most dishwashers there's a large cap in the bottom of the machine that you unscrew. You'll need to lift out the bottom tray to get to it. Salt goes in there.

Seona1973 Tue 06-Sep-11 12:25:12

the cap for our salt is also on the floor of the machine - unscrew and fill with salt and screw the cap back on.

Seona1973 Tue 06-Sep-11 12:29:53

dishwasher care

LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Tue 06-Sep-11 13:14:43

Thanks guys have had a look and sure enough large screw top in the bottom. Will get some salt.

Seona thanks for that will take a look.

Indaba Sat 17-Sep-11 22:58:41

engineers from both from Smeg and Bosch told me to add rinse aid and salt despite what tablets say

we use top tablets and always add...when we don't, it shows.

LoveBeingAMummyAgain Sun 18-Sep-11 00:12:50

Thanks. Have now got rinse aid and salt and everything is sparkly grin

Indaba Mon 19-Sep-11 21:02:35

Oh, the power of Mumsnet! smile

LoveBeingAMummyAgain Mon 19-Sep-11 21:49:21

Indeed, tis all lovely and shiny now grin

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