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Bosch Dishwasher odor

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

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  • 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.

  • Anonymous 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.

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

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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!!

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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....

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I had a Bosch dishwasher installed 6mos ago. Awful odor coming from it. Any ideas re: odor source?

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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.

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Smells like dirty socks inside

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

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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...

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MAYTAGS BEST DISHWASHER STINKS

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Check the smell and look at the residual water left in the bottom of the dishwasher, if you can see it. Is that water clear?

Run several loads of dirty dishes and check for any odor.

If problems return, recommend you remove the filter assembly in the lower sump area (the spray arm will need to be removed too.) Inspect with a flashlight the whole area for debris and blockages. Reassemble and keep checking it for any return of the odor. This is not normal for a modern dishwasher.
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Bosch dishwasher will not drain - causing moldy odor

Hello Mimhoff it depends on how much water is down there. The sump area always has a little water in it to prevent the circulation pump seals from sticking. Usually around 1 to 2 inches. If there is more than that, check the slots at the bottom of the sump on the left side for being clogged and check the end of the drain hose to make sure it is clear. If you are getting a moldy/odor from the dishwasher, try running Dishwasher Magic or Tang thru the dishwasher. This will remove any build up of food or detergent from the dishwasher. If you are running the dishwasher every few days and just scraping your dishes, then either leave the door ajar or run the rinse & hold cycle to help keep the odor down. Bosch doesn't reccommend running bleach thru the dishwasher as this can cause damage to the rubber seals. However 2 tablespoons of bleach once a year won't hurt.
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