Question about Bosch 24 in. SHE43C05UC Stainless Steel Free-Standing Dishwasher

3 Answers

Bosch Dishwasher odor

After a day or two of lying idle, dishwasher smells like dirty socks.

Posted by on

  • 6 more comments 
  • needy owner Dec 06, 2007

    I have a moldy smell in my dishwasher. There is no standing water or kinked hose. I've noticed the same horrible odor in my stainless steel front loading washer. Is there a connection to the stainless tubs? What makes it go away?

  • njc909 Jul 21, 2008

    my new bosch built in dishwasher smells awful. i tried spraying the inside, but nothing works. hoses are fine. thought it was the well water, but daughter is on same well and her old dishwasher is fine.

    this has been going on for almost 1 year.

  • cat2137 Aug 04, 2008

    By the third use my Bosch smelled like fish too! Haven't found anything to help yet.

  • dntlikebosch Aug 25, 2008

    I have a Bosch dishwasher and it has been smelling like eggs off and on for the passed few months. I have to take out filter clean it and rewash dishes. Sometimes I pour white vinegar in the tub with the second wash. I really hate this machine. My Maytag was louder however I never had these problems!

  • bharger Oct 16, 2008

    We also have bought a Bosch Dishwasher, have had it installled in July.

    It also has this terrible odor. I have tried putting baking soda and even

    Vingar in the bottom while it is not in use.

    Please help me with this terrible odor for a new Dishwasher.

  • obrien1216 Oct 24, 2008

    i tried everything, vinegar washing, running a cup of clorox through an empty cycle, changing soaps, NOTHING. even the OFFICIAL Bosch repair Rep came to my house here in ohio and said these models were designed in europe and not really intended for american plumbing. i'm about to send mine to the curb!!!! IT IS AWFUL!! i hate it. it's a piee of ****.

    don't even get me started on the useless dish .

  • rockboy2001 Dec 30, 2008

    I have this same problem.
    New house - New dishwasher.
    I have a whole house water filter and the hose dose not seam to be kinked.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    There is nothing that can be done about the smell. It smells that way because the Bosch and Siemens dishwasher don't drain completely. Since thier dishwashers dont vent out like normal dishwashers the water settles to the bottom. There will always be about 2 cups of water left sitting in the bottom of the dishwasher after every wash. That is why it smells.



3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have a new Bosch dishwasher which smells up the whole kitchen when the door is opened (between washings). Someone should ban their sales.

Posted on Apr 02, 2010

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I tried everything, vibgar washing, changing saops, NOTHING. even the Bosch repair Rep said these models were degsined and built in europe and not really intended for american plumbing. i'm about to send mine to the curb!!!! IT IS AWFUL!!

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 27 Answers

Make sure that drain hose is not kinked, and that the unit is draining properly. Odours are most commonly caused by the unit not draining properly and subsequently using the dirty water in the rinse cycles as well....not perfect washing results will be the tell-tale sign here....

Posted on Jun 26, 2007

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Odd odor coming out of dishwasher upon opening it. Smells like rotten milk. What is the best cleaning solution?

After a dishwasher is installed the hose rarely comes to mind - unless a problem occurs and a repair person comes out to inspect the job. If the hose was installed improperly, or if it is lying in a position that does not let it drain, stagnant water will create a bad smell. Examine the hose that is probably inside the kitchen cabinet beneath the sink. If the hose is lying in the bottom of the cabinet, it is probably full of water. A film begins to form inside the hose and the odor begins to grow. The next time the dishwasher is used, the stagnant water ends up on dishes, and in the meantime it can cause a bad smell inside of the dishwasher. Hang the hose at an angle on supports in the back of the cabinet. This alone might get rid of the bad smell inside the dishwasher.

Check the Seal

A dirty dishwasher seal can be a source of a bad smell. Before deciding the dishwasher needs to be replaced, check the seal - especially at the bottom. Old food and grime builds up in these areas and can cause a particularly bad smell. Clean it with a solution of diluted bleach and hot soapy water. One teaspoon of bleach for each quart of water is sufficient to kill germs and the odors they create.

NB I decided to add a little bit of vinegar to the machine after I unloaded it. Sure it would smell pretty strong for a while but then the smell would dissipate. Voila! For two weeks now my dishes have not smelled whatsoever.

Jun 23, 2011 | Maytag MDB6709AW Builtin Dishwasher

1 Answer

Smells like dirty socks inside


Here is a tip that will help you with how to clean that dishwasher up and get it smelling good again...

Dishwasher Maintenance

Jan 06, 2011 | Maytag Dishwashers

1 Answer

Would the stainless steel make the inside of the dishwasher smell awful when half full of dirty dishes after only 2 days? I noticed under the screen on bottom of tub that not all the water completely...

stainless steel will not smell or rust that why its used,the cause of the smell is twofold 1 dirty dishes should not be left unwashed in the machine to long a bectearia starts to grow within a couple of hours and starts the smell process,2the filter system at the bottom of the machine should be checked everyday [heavy user]light use every [2/3 days],the screen at the bottom of the machine is the filters,some models do leave some water in the bottom.adrian,,,,,

Aug 12, 2010 | Bosch 24 in. SHU43 Built-in Dishwasher

1 Answer

My electric furnace has a strange odor.

your coil may have dirty sock, the coil at air handler (evaporator) needs to be cleaned with coil cleaner that will mask or remove the dirty sock smell

Oct 27, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

1 Answer


Is this a burning smell. AC units sometimes have what they call dirty sock syndrome. The evap. coil has bacteria that puts of an odor. You have to have the coil chemically cleaned and sanitized to get rid of the odor. Rus

Oct 04, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

1 Answer

Odour from ac

There is a problem with heat pumps known as "Dirty Sock Snydrome". Research this on the web as this may be your situation. It is a smell produced by micro bacterial growth on indoor coil. Contact a local HVAC company for solutions if you determine this is the cause of odor.

May 22, 2009 | Hitachi RAS-09UH Air Conditioner

1 Answer


This is a condition called Dirty Socks Syndrome air cleaners and dehumidify usually fix the problem also adding a uv light to the duct can remedy the problem the light is probally the cheapest solution

Dec 04, 2008 | LG LS-K1830CL Cool Mini Split Air...

2 Answers

Bad smell from ac unit in my house

does it smell like literally , dirty socks?if so it is dirty sock syndrome, a plague of heat pumps for years. if it smells like an electrical melting or burning of wires then time to call a could be a weak capacitor or a weak fan motor. if it is dirty sock syndrome then its the microbes that thrive when temps are middle temps and reproduce when temps are hot and cold in intermittent days. hot one day and cold the next equals call for cool then call for heat and hot steam from heated coils cause s bacteria to grow and microbes to spread across coil. when you switch back it causes the smell.if the coil is clean you can spend a chunk of money on sanitizers but best bet is to run it cool for hot weather and hot for cool weather. the transitional periods are what create the smell. avoid semi cool and semi hot periods. this condition is common to acs from all brands . lots of stuff on the internet about dirty sock syndrome

Oct 31, 2008 | Sharp CV-P09FX Air Conditioner

1 Answer

Dirty sock smell

My suggestion is to contact Maytag. I have the same problem. Maytag can tell you what you can do to reduce the odor. I think the problem originates from the fact that the drum always has water in it and the rubber seal has a bad smell.

Sep 07, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

Not finding what you are looking for?
Bosch 24 in. SHE43C05UC Stainless Steel Free-Standing Dishwasher Logo

4,208 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Bosch Dishwashers Experts

Gerry Harvey
Gerry Harvey

Level 3 Expert

1474 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18429 Answers

shaun taylor

Level 3 Expert

1527 Answers

Are you a Bosch Dishwasher Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides