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#4630744 - 01/10/18 05:52 PM Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 329
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
I have an ancient Whirlpool dishwasher that started coating the dishes with black particulates. I cleaned the filter as well as possible, no improvement. Then, I remembered an experienced landlord suggested running a cup of CLR thru any dishwasher experiencing problems. I used a half cup of CLR, no other soap, and a hot wash.

Problem solved, the dishes are sparkling and the inside of the dishwasher looks cleaner. Cost about $5.25 for a 28 ounce bottle. No idea what is in CLR, but it seems to be a good cleaner for dishwashers.

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#4630756 - 01/10/18 06:03 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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I run white vinegar through the dishwasher and washing machine in a manner like you mention. Just do it when I think of it, maybe every few months. I think it helps keep things clean and functional.

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#4630773 - 01/10/18 06:17 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
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You can run vitamin C tablets too. I buy Lemi Shine additive and thats what it does
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#4630775 - 01/10/18 06:21 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
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Using rinse aid helps too, it keeps hard water deposits from building up.
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#4630810 - 01/10/18 07:03 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
Audios Offline


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Are you just adding the clr to the detergent tray? Same thing with the vinegar?
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#4630816 - 01/10/18 07:11 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
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CLR is hard on seals, and expensive - but works

Vinegar is a little easier on seals and much cheaper can get it anywhere

Lemi Shine, or citric acid works great as well - fairly cheap in bulk - can restore chalky white to pristine in one wash.

UD


Edited by UncleDave (01/10/18 07:16 PM)
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#4630841 - 01/10/18 07:35 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
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I've dropped CLR and use citric acid in its place for everything. Works fantastic.
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#4630931 - 01/10/18 09:20 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Audios]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
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Loc: Cecil County Maryland
Originally Posted By: Audios
Are you just adding the clr to the detergent tray? Same thing with the vinegar?


I just dumped the CLR into the dishwasher bottom and hit start. So easy even I can do it.

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#4630960 - 01/10/18 10:03 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
Marco620 Offline


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Best dishwasher additive = girlfriend
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#4630982 - 01/10/18 11:28 PM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Marco620]
Brybo86 Offline


Registered: 10/08/11
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: Marco620
Best dishwasher additive = girlfriend
after she reads this.... ex-girlfriend
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#4631056 - 01/11/18 05:40 AM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Marco620]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: Marco620
Best dishwasher additive = girlfriend


I am the one in our house who re-arranges dishes so they all are in a position to get a good blast of wash water during the wash cycle. Wife and daughter just fill dishwasher sometimes putting one pot on top of another pot.
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#4631063 - 01/11/18 05:58 AM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Donald]
cjcride Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 1814
Loc: Ontario Canada
Same here Donald.

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#4631093 - 01/11/18 06:47 AM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
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I have taken the water drain/inlet apart before and found the screen almost plugged with gunk. Cleaned it good and got pressure back.
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#4631160 - 01/11/18 08:22 AM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Brybo86]
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
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Loc: Hudson, NH
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
Originally Posted By: Marco620
Best dishwasher additive = girlfriend
after she reads this.... ex-girlfriend

After she reads this, Queen. You, cleaning up after yourself..
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#4631162 - 01/11/18 08:24 AM Re: Fixed dishwasher problem with CLR [Re: Oldtom]
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Registered: 02/18/11
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CLR continues to eat away at the concrete in the garage where it spilled, and the fake wood particle board shelf it was placed on. Bad stuff, removed from the house.
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