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Can I do a maintenance wash on a dishwasher

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M48294Y Thu 31-Dec-15 11:00:38

with just soda crystals or do I need one of them there dishwasher cleaning packs? I somehow feel that those are a rip-off and something perfectly ordinary will do the job just as well. Any tips? Tia.

firesidechat Thu 31-Dec-15 11:04:29

I may be wrong but I strongly suspect that the special sachets they sell are actually washing soda crystals anyway. My washing machine needed a repair recently and they asked if I needed any more cleaning sachets. When I told them that I used soda crystals they just said ok and didn't try to persuade me that their stuff was better.

M48294Y Thu 31-Dec-15 11:33:09

Thanks firesidechat. Mumsnet and the rest of the internet is strangely lacking in information about dishwasher maintenance washes, whilst there are thousands of threads about washing machines. I feel strangely nervous about doing the wrong thing - ridiculous!

firesidechat Thu 31-Dec-15 12:43:51

I'm sure I researched this before I put soda crystals in my dish washer and it was recommended. I've done it a few times and the dishwasher is fine.

whatiswrongwithyou Thu 31-Dec-15 12:47:21

Same here. I've used soda crystals several times and never had a problem.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 31-Dec-15 12:52:51

Also make sure you take apart and clean out the filters in the bottom.,.

goinggrey1978 Thu 31-Dec-15 12:53:56

anyone know which cycle to put it on?? or do you just use the hottest cycle??

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 31-Dec-15 13:05:31

I'd probably just use the hottest longest cycle possible?

firesidechat Thu 31-Dec-15 13:19:13


cozietoesie Thu 31-Dec-15 13:26:56

You may find the Tips section on this website helpful. (I think that dishwashers are under 'Kitchen Tips'.) They cover most things and are not always recommending their own products.

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