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Pots n pans cycle
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Post# 994380   5/16/2018 at 15:50 by Awooff (Peoria, Illinois)        

The last few dishwashers I have had over the years seem to wash better on short or light wash cycle with high temp wash selected. With exclusion of a reverse rack. I've found this to be true even over the pots and pans cycle. anyone else notice this?

Post# 994394 , Reply# 1   5/16/2018 at 19:08 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Most of the cheap timer-controlled dishwashers I used in apartments just added additional pre-washes and rinses cycle prior to the main wash if the "heavy" or "pot and pans" cycle was selected.  As you say, I doubt they had that much effect on cleaning unless the machine didn't heat the water and all those water changes brought up the temperature for the main wash.


My current Whirlpool just washes a lot longer on "pots and pans" and heats the main wash even if the option isn't selected.  I think it does a better job than the normal cycle (even with the heat option selected.) 


It's hard to judge the past dishwashers I used because in those days (prior to 2010) the detergents still used phosphates.  Even those BOL dishwashers seemed to do OK for me most of the time.

Post# 994425 , Reply# 2   5/17/2018 at 06:43 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Ironically, the early Pots and Pans cycles on dishwashers (I'm talking late 50s into the mid 60s) were actually shorter than the 'normal' cycle.   The idea was that pots and pans would be more or less prewashed by a pot and pan cycle, removed and any remaining heavy soil would be removed by hand washing.  This is why these early cycles had a short or no dry cycle.   It wasn't until the mid to late 60s that the cycles were extended or added additional washes.  


On the current "modern" dishwasher in service in St-Lib (a Maytag WU404), the pots and pans cycle adds one wash to a normal cycle.  If the 'sani wash' option is selected, the water is heated through the cycle and it does quite a good job.   

Post# 994468 , Reply# 3   5/17/2018 at 17:45 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
Pots N Pans

A majority of the older machines that I have used or use simply do another pre-wash like the others have mentioned. My previous Whirlpool would just wash at 140F versus 120F, do a full pre-rinse instead of a purge, and wash for longer. For heavily soiled loads I always ran that cycle because of the two full rinses to remove any residual food. Otherwise, I found that the Normal cycle with Hi-Temp wash just just as good of a job like you had mentioned! The Bosch on the other hand washes incredibly well on the Heavy cycle. The wash period isn't all that long, but the 160F wash is great! However, depending on the soils, the Auto cycle might do better by allowing a longer wash period and using only 130F which will still allow for some enzyme activity.

Post# 994625 , Reply# 4   5/19/2018 at 11:47 by Awooff (Peoria, Illinois)        
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Well since my kitchwn sink has been plugged up since Saint Patrick's Day (another thread), i cant use my Kenmore powerclean. Been using a maytag in my island and noticed the main wash is much longer for water heating if i use the light wash. Pots and pans on the dial just seems to dump a lot of water and shorter wash time on main wash since its hotter from all the water dumps. A longer main wash seems best here... also been using cascade boil out w phosphates. Tabs in this machine made suds. On a side note, picked up this machine for free as the previous owner thought either his house drain line was plugged or the drain motor on this dishwasher was bad. Haha! I found a grease plug in the drain line is what was plugging it. Evidently someone had just poured grease down his kitchen sink which made its way into the dishwasher drain line.

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Post# 994627 , Reply# 5   5/19/2018 at 11:52 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I've used it once or twice

on our current dishwasher. The antibacterial cycle has temp. boost, and sani rinse delay. 83 to 90 minutes, depending upon out door temp. and hot water use. It takes less time in warmer weather. House temp. is above 70 F.

Post# 994878 , Reply# 6   5/22/2018 at 03:57 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Between Normal and Pots/Pans is that the drying cycle is shortened. This supposedly prevents whatever remains from being baked on, and allows Madame to scrape, wipe, rinse or whatever to finish the job.

Post# 995152 , Reply# 7   5/25/2018 at 07:52 by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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My dishwasher which is a 2000 Kitchenaid Superba has a Soak and Scrub option which is the second longest wash cycle. Although I will-add it doesn't clean pots or pans well. I used to love the old cascade powder and it was what I always used until they changed it.

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