Our dishwasher is broken. It’s not completely broken, but it’s on it’s way out. It chugs away bravely, and noisily, doing it’s best to clean the plates and bowls and endless plastic cups that end up in it, but we both know it’s nearly over.
When we moved in, the previous owner, an older woman, proudly pointed out that she really didn’t use the dishwasher. This was either a lie or she was a crazy person because WHY?! And it had clearly been used – things were well worn, in this old dishwasher. I have never really had a house with a dishwasher until now. I was so thrilled that there was one when we bought this house. I know, small things. Then it started to leak. Not all the time at first, but then we ended up needing a tea towel at the base, all the time. Eventually, this became intolerable and The Mister replaced the seal. So easily fixed and it was fabulous! No more leaking dishwasher.
I had noticed that it wasn’t really cleaning that well, but then figured, if half the water was leaking out it probably wasn’t able to. The new seal will have fixed it, I thought confidently. And wrongly. It’s had clean outs and filter cleans and The Mister has removed and cleaned out the arms. Each time it was a little better, then no good really. Apart from things on the top rack. Apparently the arm under that rack appears to be ok. It’s the bottom arm that is capput.
Then the door hinge broke. One day it obviously decided it had had enough. So now, it’s also slightly dangerous, particularly if you are 4 or 2, like half the members of our household. Because a dishwasher door with no working hinge is HEAVY. It regularly bangs down, hard, when someone who doesn’t know or forgets, goes to open it.
This fills me with dread. Even half working it’s better than being elbow deep in the sink ALL FREAKING DAY! I keep persisting, stacking as much onto the top shelf as I can and sparsely filling the bottom. That sometimes helps. You know what also helps? Using good quality powder. I’ve always thought it was all much the same. WRONG. I was offered the chance to sample a packet of finish powerball quantum max tablets. Yeah, they clean sooooo much better than the cheaper stuff I was using. Even with my broken and struggling dishwasher, everything was clean. Even the glasses were actually clean and not cloudy. I need to not be cheap. Also, a new dishwasher wouldn’t hurt. Sponsors anyone??!!!
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