What stuff do you need for a dishwasher? Salt? Finishing Rinse? What's it all about?

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Cadelaide Sun 02-Aug-09 13:55:16

As you can tell, we have our first dishwasher. All the detergent and stuff is very confusing. What's the best/cheapest option?

Also, what's the grey thing? grin

It's a Bosch, and knocking about on the top shelf there's a round grey thing, bit like a watering can rose. What's that all about? Have scoured the spectacularly crap instruction booklet to no avail.

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TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Sun 02-Aug-09 14:07:59

no idea about the grey thing
but just use an own brand dishwasher tablet

sod all the other stuff, dont need it, a con to make you spend more money

enjoy grin

Cadelaide Sun 02-Aug-09 14:14:58

Thanks Trinity.

I'm loving it atm, we have a new kitchen and I'm like a small girl playing house.

It'll soon wear off, I'm sure. grin

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midnightexpress Sun 02-Aug-09 14:15:58

We just got a Bosch d/w too - how spectacularly crap the instructions are! As for the installation leaflet - it might as well have been in Chinese - I hate how in order for it to be used in any country, they make it equally incomprehensible to all (and yes, that means you too Ikea).

The stuff you need depends where you live: we don't need salt here because we have very soft water. But most tablets these days have salt and rinse aid in them already. I have always found that the eco d/w tabs are actually better than the Finish all-singing stuff you pay through the nose for.

HeadFairy Sun 02-Aug-09 14:16:55

It depends if you live in a hard water area, I find if we don't add salt our dishwasher starts to smell and doesn't work as well... Salt really doesn't cost much, get supermarket own brand dishwasher salt.

Rinse aid is purely down to choice... try a few washes and see how you feel about it.

IotasCat Sun 02-Aug-09 14:18:51

Is he grey thing the top of the salt reservoir ? Do you have a hole inside the bottom of the dishwasher which it screws on to?

midnightexpress Sun 02-Aug-09 14:21:28

Oh, and I think the rose thing is a special attachment for doing baking trays. We didn't get one with ours, but I seem to remember reading something aout it in the instructions. Perhaps the installation instructions.


cat64 Sun 02-Aug-09 14:21:32

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Tortoise Sun 02-Aug-09 14:28:23

I use both salt and rince aid, only cheap stuff. I am in a hard water area so need salt. I find without rince aid, things come out wet whereas with rince aid plastic cups etc are dry. Makes it easier to empty! grin

IotasCat Sun 02-Aug-09 14:30:37

Ah yes ME the baking sheet spray head. Of course ! we don't have one but it's in the instruction booklet

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