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After I run my dishes in the dishwasher, they have a strange odor to them. I have tried several detergents and had my water tested. I'm dumbfounded. Any ideas?

By Brian from NY, NY

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June 15, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds like it could be the dishwasher. If there are screens in the discharge tube, clean them. Any part that can come out for cleaning should be pulled out and cleaned thoroughly. There a products available to run through a clean, empty dishwasher specifically to clean it. See if it helps.

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

I looked around and a couple people suggested running a lemonade koolaid packet through without dishes inside.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

Put Tang (the powdered orange juice mix) in your soap dispensers and run the dishwasher empty (no dishes).

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

GE recommended using Tang for their dishwasher so I would go with that.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

You may have some filters that need cleaning. Check out the inside and see. Mine is on the door, but there are sometimes things in the back that get clogged up.

You could also try running an empty cycle with soap and add vinegar to both the wash cycle and the rinse. I would add a couple of cups of it, at least.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

CLR is the product used for cleaning, it is not that expensive and has no dye that the kool aid can leave behind. Also distilled white vinegar does that too. I had this issue, found out it was the Sparkle drying solution I used in the dispenser. They changed the marketing on it and instead of smelling good, makes your dishes smell like garbage.

I am talking about finish. Try the Cascade or even a generic one. It smells like it has a petroleum base, like an oil can got left in for the 2nd time. I have emailed the company and don't get feed back, so maybe suggesting the competition would help.

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June 12, 20160 found this helpful

My dishwasher guy said DO NOT USE CLR IN A DISHWASHER. Use a commercial dishwasher cleaner like Finish or Glisten that is made for that purpose.

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

I just went through this. I tried all dishwasher cleaners and vinegar and baking soda. However they still

melled horrid. I cleaned garbage disposal to no avail. What worked was I purchased small bag of ice and

ran it through garbage disposal and it worked.

My maintenance man told me sometimes even if you clean garbage disposal stuff will still stick to

blades. I always run vinegar through disposal so I did not think this was the case it was.

Simple fix and cheap.

Good luck.

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January 7, 20110 found this helpful

This smell is caused by washing dishes with leftover cooked egg residue on them, it will smell like a wet dog when drinking from your glasses etc. and will make you want to throw up, also very embarrassing to your guests. Sounds silly, but try this it really works, make sure your plates, and especially skillets are completely egg free before loading them to be washed. Then you wont have this problem, this test even works in the kitchen sink, try it. Hope this helps.

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

Eggs cause wet dog smell in my dishwasher. Prewash anything that has come in contact with either raw or cooked eggs before putting it in the dishwasher. I haven't had the smell since I figured this out.

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June 4, 20160 found this helpful

Evelyn got the smell exactly right: the smell of worms after a rain. We've been calling it the wormy smell for a few years now--ever since we got our new dishwasher. It's not every time we wash, but fairly often--with or without any eggs involved. We've taken to rinsing our drinking glasses before using them, but this seems crazy to have to do. However, it suggests that it is not simply the water.

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May 1, 20150 found this helpful

I too am having a problem with a bad odor after I wash them in the dishwasher.

So many people are saying on here that it is from eggs. I don't cook eggs very often at all, so I just want to get that out there... It's not eggs.

I use Finish gel packs as my detergent and Jet dry as my rinse aid. I don't used the powdered detergents or the Finish Quantum cubes, because I don't like the gritty residue that ends up in some of my cups and glasses.

I have used dishwasher cleaners, cleaned the bottom of the dishwasher out including the filters, and still have this odor. It is to the point where I hate drinking coffee out of my coffee cups or eating anything on my dishes - and the silverware stinks, too.

It's hard to describe the smell... it's kind of like the smell of fishing worms, like when you go outside after a heavy rain and the air smells like worms from the ones that came out of the ground because of the rain... it's just gross.

The dishwasher is less than a year old. My dishes are new. I don't put pots and pans in my dishwasher. I rinse everything well, use soap on anything that may be greasy so there is not a greasy residue on my dishes, and yet, they still stink.

I can't replace the dishwasher, we live in a rental. I can't hand wash all of my dishes. My kitchen sink is small and shallow and in my kitchen island, which splashes soap and water everywhere, so that's not an option. As far as running Tang or Kool-Aid in it, well I don't use either one of those, so I don't know that that is something I want to do, especially Tang, since it has sugar in it.

I really don't know what else I can do. I am stumped.

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

If you don't think it's eggs then have a fried egg or any egg for that matter and go outside and breathe in and you will taste the same smell it is eggs

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June 8, 20150 found this helpful

I do not agree. I feel that with high quality dish washer soap and hot water full cycle cannot eliminate the odor of fried egg stuck to plate then whole technology have miserably failed. In my opinion it is rubbish.

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July 31, 20151 found this helpful

Look at your water. It is nothing to do with eggs, or your dishwasher, the water coming out of your taps has not been treated properly at source. Look up Hydrogen Sulphide in your water supply. Hope this helps. We have trouble here in France.

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August 31, 20150 found this helpful

It's not your dishwasher, water supply, dish soap, etc. When there are periods of high heat, humidity and dew point keep your windows and doors closed. The fresh (?) outside moist air is the reason.

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October 14, 20150 found this helpful

I have noticed this horrible smell on plates, bowls, classes, cups for years and years. It doesn't matter how old or new a dishwasher is or whether you use a great variety of different detergents (E.g. Cascade or 7th Generation). I think the high quality Cascade seemed best, but it too left bad odors on the plates. The only solution I have found is to rinse the washed plates, bowls, and cups in water until all the coating is wahsed off. This washes off the shiney gleam, but greatly reduces the smell. Then I dry them back on the rack.

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January 3, 20160 found this helpful

I had a similar problem and the cure was unlikely and simple. I cut down the amount of detergent by a half - in my case it was cutting the tablet in half and that cured the problem. It also cured that slightly sticky feel you sometimes get on the dishes.

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January 3, 20160 found this helpful

I suffered from this problem for a while and the cure was unlikely and simple. I cut down the detergent by half - in my case I cut the tablet in half and this cured the problem. It also stopped the sticky feel the dishes sometime had.

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Whenever I clean my counters with anything like Windex, dishsoap and water, Lysol, etc. afterwards my counters smell like a dirty, mildewy river. Also, the same happens with the dishwasher. Sometimes when I take the dishes out, they smell like a dirty mildewy river. I get so frustrated, even when I hand wash dishes and let them air dry, they smell like dirty mildewy river.

I thought maybe it's the water down here, but just using Lysol and Windex makes it smell, too. How can I get rid of this? Where does it come from? I have gotten to the point where I am spending tons of money on paper products instead of using all my new dishes from my bridal shower. It's a brand new house I live in. New counters, new dishwasher. I just don't understand. Any advice? I will be grateful.

Sandra from Wesley Chapel, FL


Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

My guess is that it's something you're using like a sponge or dishcloth/rag. When they are dry, they often don't smell and soap often covers the scent. I'd change all your sponges and cloths and see what happens. (03/28/2006)

By sueey.

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

Sometimes when I wash the dishes I pour a little Clorox bleach into the water. It helps keep the water sudsy and takes away any egg smell from breakfast in the water and dishes. Also works on any other food smells. (03/29/2006)

By Firefly1985

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

I'm thinking that maybe it's the FL water? Your house is new and so are the pipes so maybe it will take a while to go away. If not call your water company and explain the problem to them. I know FL water can be funky. My son lives down there and he uses that water purification (forget what you call it). He gets it at Walmart. He hates the water down there as he's from here on the shores of freshwater Lake Erie. Good luck. (03/29/2006)

By maryc

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

Just a friendly word of caution. Depending on the brand/type of hand dishwashing liquid, adding bleach to the soapy water can cause harmful (even fatal) fumes. I know several people, all still living, that add bleach to their dish washing water. I don't know what ingredient or brands cause the reaction. Always be careful when adding bleach to any other cleaning product, even those that seem harmless, most will not tolerate the mixture. Some cause deadly fumes to form instantly. Doesn't take much inhalation to cause a serious chemical burn of the lungs. If you are overcome by such fumes, get outside to fresh air immediately and fully ventilate the area before returning for any length of time. (03/29/2006)

By kidsNclutter

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

If the smell is musty like mold or mildew, you may need a dehumidifier or air conditioner. Maybe things just aren't drying out completely. Also, be sure to put your sponge or dish cloth into the dishwasher to sanitize it. I've also heard that you can put them in the microwave to sanitize, but haven't tried that. I wash my dish cloth every day in the clothes washer. I get a clean cloth and clean towel every day. Best of luck. I wish I could help more. (03/30/2006)

By Carol in PA

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

The cause for this is more than likely build up down where the pump goes. Look at the bottom of the dishwasher and you will see a filtering panel where the water exits the dishwasher out to the drain. Use a screw driver and pop up that drain and you'll find lots of build up. Pour lots of vinegar in the drain and let it sit for a couple hours. Put the drain train in a plastic bag and fill it with vinegar as well to allow all of it to get soaked. A few hours later, with a tooth brush, brush out that mold build up. Make sure you give the trays and the dishwasher walls a complete wash off using generous amounts of vinegar. Let it vent for a few hours then give it a shot. Good luck. (07/05/2006)

By Walter the dishwasher dude

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

Sorry to end the parade on your theories, but some dishes are made out of clay like materials that when you add heat to them makes the water that has been absorbed by the dishes start to come out of the dishware. When this happens, it does not normally smell that great. I suggest if it is not your water supply you may have the type of dishes that are not made out of the best materials. (02/05/2007)

By Philippe

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

I am a 21 year old male. I hate this smell like nothing else. To me, it smells like rotting, dead worms from after a rain storm. Its disgusting. I think its something in the water. I've noticed that if you just rinse a dish, the dish will acquire the smell of unknown origin. However, if you mix the water with soap, the dishes are fine. Similarly, if you do not use a rinsing agent (a product that is intended to reduce water marks on the dishes, increasing shine) in your dishwasher, the dishes get the smell from the water. If you do use the rinse agent, the dishes are fine. It is something in the water; water being the only link between dishes and rain storms. (10/08/2008)

By Matt

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

Try adding a cup of baking soda to your dishwasher it works for me. Other postings I read said you could use 2 Alka Seltzer tabs or a half cup of bleach. Another suggestion was Dishwasher Magic used alone in an empty dishwasher. My guess would be it from some sort of food build up and the wet and heat. Yuck. (10/22/2008)


Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

Eggy plates should always be washed in cold water with bit of washing up liquid. No smell. Wash them with hot water, smelly. It is to do with the protein nature of eggs. Afterward rinse the sponge or scouring pad with cold water. (10/31/2008)

By Sven

Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them

What I found it is that the clay plates never really dry when they are removed from even a heated cycle from the dishwasher. The water is being absorbed in the bottom of the plates, bowls where there is no glazing. When the dishes are laid flat in the cupboard, mold starts to grow. I have spent many hours killing the mold with beach, vinegar, etc. But it's about letting them dry out or even applying glaze to the bottom or even standing the dishing on their side in the cabinet. (11/18/2008)

By Dan

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