I need your advice on Miele dishwasher problems. I hate how the dishes never seem to get clean.
Miele’s user manual says if you use a gel, use only two thirds the detergent than you would with powder, or else you risk residue.
I’m using detergent powder.
Use hot water to make sure it is absorbed properly, and that you’re not over-filling the dispenser. It is not rocket science, but yes, it is at the line level. And I use rinse aids, too, though it doesn’t help much.
Hard water can leave spots on the washed dishes. If it were that bad, I’d know it by the water quality in the explainer. Their manual does say that it you have higher water hardness, the water hardness value needs to be programmed into the machine.
It is set to 16 grams per gallon by factory default. It is the dishwasher’s fault, because my water softener works without any problems.
A lot of Miele dishwashers have a water softener salt dispenser, in case you didn’t have a water softener. It is scary that they have notes not to add regular salt to the machine.
That’s about like the HVAC calls for an AC not working, traced to someone turning down the thermostat and not flipping the switch from heat to cool. Every time you see a weird warning message, it is because someone not only did it but sued about it not being obvious not to do it. What else could be leaving these dishes with debris and residue? Clean the filter, make sure there isn’t food in the drain that circulates back up to the washer, and pre-clean the dishes before you put them in.
Having to wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher almost defeats the purpose of the appliance.
There are warnings not to put detergent in the rinse aid container, which can lead to too much detergent on the dishes. And when you use a tab detergent with rinse aid, adding rinse aid leads to a film on the dishes.
I guess there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
The other question is how long it’s been since you ran the load with rinse aid. If the reservoir is running low and hasn’t been used for a long time, it is gummed up and a mess. How do I fix that?
Run the dishwasher without dishes and with baking soda in the detergent slot and vinegar in the rinse aid. Then run a separate load with just hot water to rinse out the smell. Yeah, because dishes coming out smelling like pickles and organic toothpaste isn’t much better than they are now.