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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Why do they even make that an option?

My KitchenAid dishwasher is a pretty good dishwasher. I can say without a doubt that it is the best dishwashing machine that I've ever owned or had access to. Kinda knock the dried stuff loose on the dishes before loading it, put in one of those AWESOME Cascade Action Pack soap pods*, make sure the reservoir is topped with Dollar General brand rinse aid**, and my dishes come out shiny and clean and new-looking. I never have to re-run the dishes through in such instances.

That is, unless...

...Unless someone has selected the buttons to turn OFF the High Temp Scrub and Sani Rinse.  Then, your dishwasher is running with whatever hot water it gets IMMEDIATELY upon turning on the water valve (it doesn't let it run til it gets hot), with the soap, and that's it. Unless your dishwasher is way different from every one that I've ever seen, it has three things going for it, to get your dishes clean: Hot water, pressure, and soap. It has no scrubbing brushes. If it did, then it could do as well you do when handwashing. Truth is, your dishwasher can get that water a lot hotter than your hands could bear, if you'll let it. And therein is its efficacy.

In the bottom of your dishwasher is a heating element. If you select "High Temp Scrub" (as it's listed on my washer), it heats that element up while the washer is filling with the wash water for washing, and runs that heating element for the whole time that it washes, to get the water really really hot. Thus, it can get those dishes super uber clean. If you select Sani Rinse, then your washer will run the heating element during the whole time that your dishwasher is rinsing your dishes, to get that rinse water hot enough to sanitize. If you select "Heat Dry", then your washer will run the heating element for a while after the rinse water is drained away, to evaporate the rinse water faster.

So here's the problem: My wife NEVER turns on these options. She turns them all off. Why? Because she's a worrier. Wives will do that; they'll worry about getting screwed over again, like when they bought into that whole "I'll bet that he'll look distinguished as he ages, and will eventually grow out of this whole 'let's work for the public and make Jack for money' thing that he's got going on" philosophy. Oh, no. She won't be fooled again. Now, she's Miz Cautious. She's not running the risk of a repeat of that time those times when her Prized Tupperware got a little bit warped melted around the dish racks and had to be scraped and chipped loose. So now, regardless of the absence of such plastics. Regardless of the fact that any plastic stuff could be moved to the top rack and saved from the proximity to the heating element, my bride of 15 years turns the heating options to OFF when she runs the dishes. 

Which leads to Suck and Fail.

I have to admit: I do a lot more dishes than I used to, just to get the damned things run correctly. Maybe that was her plan all along.

*Worth every dime. We came across some packages marked down, but I'll get these from now on, even if I have to pay double. No more powder caking up, clogging up the spring-loaded door flap to the soap dispenser. I don't care if these things cost triple what I've been paying. It's a good product.

**I never used to use rinse aid, but I have to admit that it makes a difference, and the store brand seems to work just as well as Jet Dri or Crystal or whatever. A bottle usually lasts me several months. The reservoir takes about a month to drain.

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At Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:27:00 PM, Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Been divorced over twenty years but still remember hesitating to fill "her" car for fear of washing all the rust off the $2 line.

At Friday, June 14, 2013 7:49:00 AM, Blogger TBeck said...

You need to get your cruffler license. After using the machine to get 75 year-old cosmoline off of stripped receivers she'll become a believer in the most effective settings available.

At Friday, June 14, 2013 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is this dish washing machine you speak of? Is it in that most mysterious room call the kitchen? Never go in there.

At Sunday, June 16, 2013 9:37:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

LOL, oh so true... Burned 'once' paranoid forever!!! :-)

At Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It pains me to read of these kinds of issues. As your first spouse I deeply regret the abomination that dirty dishes were in our home and wish you have nothing but clear sailing in that department for the rest of your days. I actually do most of the dishes in my home now, and about 90% of the ones that go in the dishwasher are already cleaned enough to go back in the cabinet. Better late than never.....


At Thursday, June 20, 2013 4:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends and neighbors, William, above, was my college roommate of four years.

Gawd, but what slobs we were.

At Thursday, June 20, 2013 4:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends and neighbors, William, above, was my college roommate of four years.

Gawd, but what slobs we were.


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