How to Get Rid of Orange Sludge in the Bottom of the Dishwasher

*This is a bit of a departure for me. But I struggled to find the answer to this question when we got a new dishwasher: How do I get rid of the orange sludge in the bottom of the dishwasher?

Here's the answer: Buy good dishwasher detergent.

We often buy generic brands for food and household products. We notice little difference, so we were using generic brand dishwasher detergent. But the filter would be covered in orange sludge after every use. We cleaned the dishwasher thoroughly every week. But it was covered again after one use. As the week went on, it started to stink.

I stumbled across an answer buried in an old forum post on this question. So we bought better dishwasher detergent, and we have no more more issues.

The way I understand it is that higher end detergents have enzymes in them that help break down starches, fats, etc. Older and cheaper detergents don't have them or don't have as much.

The first one we bought was Finish Quantum Powerball. It worked great. It's more expensive, but we save so much money running the dishwasher over handwashing, that we're willing to do it. And we won't have that gross sludge in the bottom.

Then I bought a large box of Cascade Platinum at Costco, and it works even better (it seems to help dishes air dry faster). It is half the price of the Finish Quantum and will last us 1 and 1/2 months.

I've heard great things about the Costco brand pods, but I was afraid of generic (after, you know).


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