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Chunks of Junk on my Dishes

I moved into a rental home, and I would swear the dishes get DIRTIER in the dishwasher.......not cleaner. It seems to run thru the cycles just fine, but the dishes are left with chunks of junk on them. HELP!

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  • JDBattaglia Mar 10, 2008

    Thank you so much. I will try this.

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It is likely the drain into the side of the disposer has become clogged . you have to disconnect the rubber hose and run a twisted wire up into the hose and be certain the hole into the disposer is clear, seal the hose back with some silicone as it is old and cracked likely or just watch for any hose leaks .
after that the drain should **** all debris clear.
if not do it again but use a water hose to back flush the drain.
and a bit of bleach in all your washings to break up the mold inside the pipes and keep the dishes clean.

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    Karl Whisenand Mar 10, 2008

    for some reason I got stars in a bunch of my post when using netscape. makes it hard to read.
    I don't even remember what word I used where the stars are.

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