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Dishwashers and detergents

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by wmrcomputers, May 15, 2016.

  1. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    So today I have bought Mrs WMR a pre-owned full size dishwasher that is like new for the measly sum of £30. Bargain!

    Anyway, I know all of the ins & outs about them, where the salt and rinse aid goes etc. as I have used one before somewhere else I lived. However, I just chucked in what tablets etc were at that particular house. Now that I've started to look into the options, I'm reading a lot of information telling me that 3 in 1 tablets are a waste of money. People say that you still must fill up the salt chamber, and many are saying that they still prefer the results with seperate rinse aid. I then went on to look into reviews on the Asda website, and about 90% of reviewers seem over the moon with even the smart price tablets when using salt and rinse aid aswell.

    So... those of you that own dishwashers, I wondered what you use in yours? And which cheaper alternatives have you tried and what kind of results did you get?
     
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  3. Floss

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    I use either fairy tabs or the other popular brand that at this time of the morning can't think what they are called, however I have tried alternative cheaper tabs and found some leave a chalky residue behind. At the moment I prefer the fairy ones.
     
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    Lidl's 3in1 are very good, you'll need to add salt whatever tablet you use because of Stafford having such hard water.
     
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    I've always used ASDA smart price - never had a problem at all!!
     
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    Don't bother with something like calgon or specific treatments for limescale. Go online and buy a few kg of Citric acid. You can get small amounts from pharmacists but this will be expensive and due to heroin addicts using it to help purify their brown when 'cooking up' they might refuse to sell it to you. Every now and then do an empty cycle with a heap of citric acid.
    It is basically the active ingredient in limescale removing products but costs a fraction of the amount.
    I use it in the dishwasher, washing machine, kettle and to clean shower screens, tiles, toilets which haven't been used months etc..
     
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    We use one of the upmarket brands and do buy 3 in 1 but still always make sure it is topped up with salt and rinse aid.
     
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    I usually have salt and rinse aid in mine unless I've run out lol I like the Fairy Platinum at the moment, I've tried loads of others, own brand, Finish, the other Fairy tabs but I prefer the platinum. There isn't anything wrong with the others and they all seem to get the job done, it's just my personal taste. I will say though that the cheaper ones don't get quite the same finish on them if you get what I mean?
     
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    BTW My dishwasher saved both my marriage and my husbands life....;)
     
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    Asda 3 in 1 seem to work, but every couple of weeks we do a high temp wash to clean the Dishwasher (Siemens) itself as starts to smell a little musty.
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    Thank you all. I'm initially going to try the cheap ones and use separate salt and rinse aid regardless. If I'm not happy with the results I'll move up from there.
    @Floss from what I've read, a chalky residue might suggest needing more rinse aid so adjusting that may have helped when using cheaper tablets. Unless it was sticky residue, then it's the opposite.
     
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    You can get Citric acid from the home brew wine shop in Pitcher Bank,
    in tubs or larger bags, it's used in wine making, and much cheaper.
     
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  13. tek-monkey

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    You always need salt in Stafford, always!
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    Well, the dishwasher started tripping the mains and I'd already built up the excitement of owning one. Ended up going out and buying a new basic one from Currys at £160. For convenience (I was there anyway) I bought and tried some of their own brand 3 in 1 dishwasher tablets at £2 for 30, rinse aid at £1, salt at £1 and the results were amazing!
     
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    I usually buy the finish dishwasher tabs . Never even considered buying cheaper ones.i might ordered some cheap ones on my Tesco order to try them
     
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    I use Fairy Platinum and don't bother with salt or rinse-aid. Always very good results.
     
  17. tek-monkey

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    The non-platinum can normally be had in Home Bargains for about 10p a tablet, last time I saw the platinum ones in there they worked out about 13p IIRC.
     
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    I use the cheapest tablets, rinse aid and salt. I think salt is key around here. Also clean out any gunk once a week.
     
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    I buy them when they are on offer somewhere, can usually get them at half price.
     
  20. Gramaisc

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    Gunk in a dishwasher is to be avoided - I know somebody that cleaned his cylinder head, hoping that 'she' wouldn't notice - 'she' did....

    [​IMG]
     
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    This thread makes the Mundane Facts thread seem positively dynamic :P
     
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