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My husband has just asked me what rinse aid is

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Jozimummy · 02/11/2018 22:06

We are both 48 and have been married for 19 years. My husband cleared away supper tonight, which is unusual, and was flummoxed when the dishwasher flashed up that it needed rinse aid. He had absolutely no idea what it meant.
On the one hand I feel unbelievably angry and on the other I feel a complete failure as a feminist. What should I feel?

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SpaceCadet4000 · 02/11/2018 22:44

DH was complaining about the dishwasher not cleaning stuff the other day (dishwasher is his responsibility) and I asked whether he'd thought about getting rinse aid. He'd never heard of it either.

And I've only just learned about the existence of dishwasher salt off the back of this thread!


IsabelleSE19 · 02/11/2018 22:48

I use rinse aid and the glasses still go cloudy Angry


PoohBearsHole · 02/11/2018 22:48

@LizzieBennettDarcy wtf is it with dh’s outting it on eco - frankly four hours of dishwasher is fine if it’s overnight but when you’re trying to do a big family clear up it’s massively unhelpful 😡


ElainaElephant · 02/11/2018 22:49

My glasses come out perfectly clear without rinse aid.

And there's no flower symbol on my dishwasher..


Cherrysherbet · 02/11/2018 22:49

We have to keep our rinse aid topped up, otherwise the glasses come out with a film on them. Can confirm Dh and I both know how to do it.


Dahlietta · 02/11/2018 22:50

I've heard of rinse aid, but that's as far as my relationship with it goes.


wombat1a · 02/11/2018 22:50

Another one here who has never heard of it.


3luckystars · 02/11/2018 22:50

@LizzieBennettDarcy you can reset it. Keep your finger on the power button for about 5 seconds and you can pick again.

I still want to know what type of dishwasher prompts you for rinse and. It must be very advanced.


Ellisandra · 02/11/2018 22:51

I’m 48, a feminist, my husband uses the dishwasher more than me, and I haven’t got a fucking clue what rinse aid is.


chocolatebox1 · 02/11/2018 22:51

I had the same experience about dishwasher salt. I hadn't used rinse aid until I got my current dishwasher, others hadn't asked for it...
It sounds like a fundraiser concert for dishwashers


PurpleAndTurquoise · 02/11/2018 22:53

What is it?


Karrwomannghia · 02/11/2018 22:53

I can tell when the rinse aid is low so so top it up when it asks. For us it goes into a small tank with a screw on lid on the inside of the door which you pour in when it’s fully opened.


notangelinajolie · 02/11/2018 22:54

I have absolutely no idea what rinse aid is?

Is it a feminist thing? Or a dishwasher thing?


Shitstormiscoming · 02/11/2018 22:54

Now, here’s a question: does everyone use dishwasher salt? Grin


Karrwomannghia · 02/11/2018 22:54

Ours asks for salt but we’re in a soft water area so ignore that.


SassitudeandSparkle · 02/11/2018 22:55

I filled up the rinse aid yesterday, although it's usually me that does it and the salt, DH is perfectly able to do both and knows of the existence of such products.

While my MIL didn't have a dishwasher herself she did make sure that her sons knew their way around a kitchen, fortunately for her DILs!


Shitstormiscoming · 02/11/2018 22:56

Refilling dishwasher salt and rinse aid


Gwenhwyfar · 02/11/2018 22:57

"ShesaBelter you.........have............never............owned...............a.......dishwasher?

Is this unusual? most of the people I know don't own dishwashers"

Never owned a dishwasher either, but then I'm single and my parents didn't have one. I have occasionally loaded and unloaded some at work, but never used rinse aid.
I presume most families have one, but not single people and couples necessarily.

(I don't have a tumble dryer either)


BikeRunSki · 02/11/2018 22:58

I have never used rinse aid or dishwasher salt, and mainly use the cheapest tablets. Our washing up and wineglases are fine. When we tried the more expensive tabkrts, things didn’t get so clean and tasted funny. We have very soft water though, I believe this helps.


helacells · 02/11/2018 23:01

Rinse aid is a total scam and so is the drying option. I never use either and dishes are dry and spotless


PickAChew · 02/11/2018 23:02

Unless you have have horribly hard water, modern 3 in 1 tablets don't need rinse aid, anyhow.


Karrwomannghia · 02/11/2018 23:04

That’s odd because we’ve got soft water but I definitely notice a difference when the rinse aid is low- the dishes are a bit wet still.


LaLaOrange · 02/11/2018 23:04

Feel nothing and just point out where the rinse aid is and trust he'll remember in future? Do you know absolutely everything he does and to the same level? What an overreaction!


MaisyPops · 02/11/2018 23:05

I'm only vaguely aware of rinse aid since DH said he had tried the free sample that came with out new dishwasher but it ran out and he's not if he can tell the difference (I didn't realise he'd even tried using it!)


Kleptronic · 02/11/2018 23:09

I've never had a dishwasher either.

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