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Kenmore Elite: - Stale smell from dishwasher, won't go away, lingers on dishes, glasses. I tried a vinegar remedy suggested by a diy site - it helps for a cycle or two, but the smell comes right back. Diy site suggested taking apart the dishwasher to see if there is food trapped: there always remains a little water at the end of each cycle - but I'm concerned about taking apart my dishwasher if there is another solution. Smell doesn't smell of food to me. What do you think? Hollie Smith

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Try useing your heat to dry at the end of wash,or mabey take and blow your unit out with a compressor and attatchment especially the drain outlet. also run a cycle with just a little lime away then flush with a second rinse.

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