Rusty Dishwasher Racks
Maintain and Save
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Rusty Dishwasher Racks?
I have had a couple of dishwashers, the last even using soft water, but the first thing to go is the racks. They rust terribly. I have bought the little touch up coating (looks like a bottle of nail polish), but it is so expensive and dries out quickly. Does anyone know of a way to keep the racks from rusting and/or a way to recoat them safely without the huge expense. I think a bottle of the stuff is about 8 or 9 dollars from Sears.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Liquid Tape Fixes Rusty Racks
Buy liquid electrical tape (a liquid plastic) in the color you want at the local recreational vehicle supply store and coat the rack with it. It dries to form a hard but flexible coating. I don't know if it comes in white but I do see it in several colors.
Plastic Coating on Dishwasher Racks
You might try the plastic coating material sold for dip-coating tool handles. The Plasti Dip brand says it can be thinned with common hardware store solvents for spraying. Seems like tough stuff, but I don't know how it likes real hot water.
Order Guardcote Caps
You can buy tray caps to put over the rusty prongs. I found some in Home Trends catalog that work best with the Guardcote.
Clear Tubing Works Great
We bought clear polyethylene tubing (1/4" outside diameter), cut it in about 1 1/2" lengths and slipped them over the rusty prongs so they extend above a little. Works great! They have never come off and no more rust spots on our dishes. The package on this tubing says it's for ice makers and humidifiers.
Cleaning Off the Rust
My mom gave me this tip and it works great. Just fill your soap dispensers with powdered unsweetened lemonade like Kool-Aid packets. The citric acid is what does the work, I believe. It takes about 6 of the packets, but the results are great. Just run the dishwasher through a regular cycle. We live in the country and have well water, so this rusty buildup also gets on my dishes and glasses. I just load them in before running the lemonade through the cycle. Best of all, you've only spent $1.00-$1.50 on the project.
Shop for Home Appliances at AJ Madison
I have used clear silicone to keep the rust 'in check'.
Take the Next Step
- Get more great time and money saving ideas in your inbox. Subscribe to Dollar Stretcher Tips newsletter, a twice weekly look at how to stretch your day and your dollar!
- Visit our "Handy Household Tips" board today!
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor.
Also in Home
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- 5 frugal ways to expand your living space
- Top 10 DIY mistakes made by home 'handymen'
- Tha basics of financing a home improvement project
- 4 secrets to budgeting for a home purchase
- 5 steps to saving money with a lasagna garden
- Buying a lease/option home
- Affordable fences
- Fixing up furniture the frugal way
- How a "time of use" meter could reduce your electric bill
- 10 ways to set up a home office without blowing your budget
- Find the best mortgage rates in your area
- 3 ways to use a mortgage calculator
- Mortgage calculator: Calculate your payment and more
- Home equity calculator: HELOC vs. line of credit
- Mortgage refinance break-even calculator
- How much money can I borrow for a mortgage?
- Who offers the most home insurance discounts?