I burned a plastic spatula on the bottom..( only a small section of it)....I cleaned it all up and everytime I use my dishwasher, I smell an odor that is a "HOT" smell..........my whole house smells now like this odor.......I have ran my dishwasher empty several times....... Thanks!!! I did try lemon juice and I tried baking soda......didn't help!!!
I have the same problem. I too dropped a spoon in the bottom of my dishwasher which melted a small section of the handle. The smell was horrific. Now I every time I run my dishwasher I have this smell and to make matters worse, even my dishes have this smell. I have tried baking soda twice, even letting a bowl of it set overnight. I have tried Dishwasher Magic, and a whole bottle of vinegar, no luck so far. Does anyone have a solution?
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1 Scrape and rinse dishes before putting them in your appliance. Small food particles, grease, sauces and bones clog up the system, keeping the dishwasher from properly rinsing your dishes. You don't need to prewash the dishes but be sure to rinse off any solids. 2 Use a toothbrush to clean around the dishwasher door. Clean around the seal and hinges of the dishwasher. This area often is forgotten and holds a good deal of bacteria and food splash. A tooth- or bottlebrush is the best way to get into the crevices. 3 Clean chunks of food out of the screen and drain at the bottom of your dishwasher, recommended The Family Handyman. If the drain is plugged, the dirty water can't be washed away and ends up back on your dishes. Nut, bean and seafood shells, bits of plastic and small dishes can lodge against the drain, keeping it from doing its job. 4 Unclog the holes in the sprayer arms. If the holes are blocked by food or soap, water cannot freely spray inside the dishwasher to thoroughly clean the dishes. Leftover food on the dishes can make the dishwasher smell. 5 Keep space around your dishes. Overloading a dishwasher keeps it from running efficiently, allowing gunk to build up around the drain and the spray arms. 6 Run your dishwasher as hot as possible to break down food and grease. The recommended temperature is 120 F. 7 Run the dishwasher with vinegar added to neutralize odor. Empty the dishwasher, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack, and run a cycle at the hottest setting. If you prefer, use unsweetened lemonade powder or baking soda in place of vinegar.
High-temperature silicon glue will probably work ok. Be sure to clean the hole with alcohol and allow 24 hours for the glue to cure. Epoxy would be a better seal, but it doesn't adhere to plastic very well. Hope this helps!
Here is one that takes the smells, hard water stains etc out of your dishwasher and plastic and glass ware. Fill up dishwasher, with plastic glasses, glass ware, dishware. No metal, of any kind! anything you want sparkly and clean. No detergent! Fill up a small bowl at the Bottom of the dishwasher with vinegar, 1 cup of white. Run the cycle, do not dry. Fill up with 1 cup of bleach, run again. This takes care of all hard water stains, germs that are causing smell etc. Also check for food at the bottom of the dishwasher. The site below explains WHY you get those smells. http://www.doityourself.com/stry/what-causes-dishwasher-odor
Hi there. Here are some solutions that may help you combat this issue with the non cleaning of the dishes during the wash.
• Choose another cycle for longer washing time. • Check rack loading section for proper loading—avoid nesting items. • Home water pressure may be too low— should be 20 to 120 pounds per square inch (psi). • Check incoming water temperature. It should be at least 120°F (49°C). (See Factors Affecting Performance.) • Check water hardness. For extremely hard water, it may be necessary to install a water softener. (See Detergent Chart.) • Use fresh detergent. • Check to make sure funnel in top rack is not blocked. • Make sure items are not blocking the spray arms, preventing them from rotating. • Check to see if the rinse aid dispenser needs refilling.
Next, you mentioned in your text that you were experiencing a burning scent after the was or during it. i have a few solutions for that as well.
• Soiled dishes left in dishwasher too long can create an odor. Use Rinse & Hold cycle. • There will be a "new" smell when first installed. This is normal. • Check to see if unit is draining properly.
One more thing, sometimes food or plastic dishware will fall between the spaces in the basket that holds the dishes. these plastics can be burned by the heating element inducing a burning scent during the drying process. always make sure that all plastics are secure before you start the cycle. food can get stuck on this heater element as well causing a burned smell.
Your problem is: Children tried to surprise you by doing dishes. The plastic spatula melted and stuck on the heating coil on the bottom
This is a common problem. First, thank the children, it really wasn't their fault.
It's going to take some effort but you'll have to scrape/remove the plstic from the element. Replaceing the element is not a repair I recomend for the average homeowner.
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