I write a lot about appliance safety, but I’ve always been surprised and disappointed at how few of my articles warning about fire risks in appliances get shared. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but it’s empowering to pro-actively cut down risks and it’s good to potentially help others by sharing warnings. Spending a little time and learning from other people’s experiences (see below) and taking notice of a few easy tips can reduce risks and genuinely save lives.
Unlike washing machines, dishwashers need to be set up for the correct water hardness levels. Manufacturers use factory default settings that try to be suitable for the average house in the UK. However, as water hardness varies considerably from area to area this means yours could be set too high or too low. If using all in 1 multi tab detergent -especially in a soft water area you might be able to stop using rinse aid altogether and save money.
Dishwashers use rinse aid so that dishes come out nice and dry without marks on them. They are fitted with a rinse aid compartment which is factory set to dispense a specific dosage. As water hardness varies across the UK this setting may or may not be right for you. It’s possible you might get away with using a little less which will save money, but if settings are inappropriate it can also cause the following symptoms.
Have you calibrated your dishwasher for multi-tab detergent?
Dishwashers are designed to wash dishes using a combination of detergent, salt, and rinse aid. They have always been designed to work like this with each component doing a specific but vital job. However, we now have multi tab detergents that claim to do away with the need to use salt or rinse aid. So if you use 3 in 1, 4 in 1, or all in one (multi-tab) tablets many dishwashers now allow you to optimise the settings for them, which alters the way they work.
If you are wondering which is the best dishwasher detergent then Which? currently say one of the Fairy dishwasher detergents is best – and has been for the last 4 years. There are other best buys too – and they even advise to avoid one specific detergent sold at Asda. All the information is available at Which? They’ve reviewed and tested 27 dishwasher detergents (so far) and although I can’t just publish their results because of copyright issues they do publish some helpful miscellaneous information to non members. Anyone wanting to take advantage of their offer (Get your Which? offer) can also read all the full reports online.