Vogel Appliance Blog

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Pre-rinse Cycle

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the Vogel Appliance blog. I guess I haven’t come across anything quite as noteworthy as this.

If you have an older (or cheaper) dishwasher, pre-rinsing your dishes can be a very important part of the process. Some people use the sprayer on their sink, a dish rag, or even just run their dishes under the faucet to remove excess food. Here’s is what we use in the Vogel Appliance household:

This is not recommended for pre-rinse units over 15 lbs. Floor models are available. If you’d like to test out our pre-rinse unit before investing in your own, just let me know when you call to schedule your next appliance repair!


June 29, 2011 Posted by | Dishwasher | 1 Comment

Celebrity for Hire

If you’ve been dragging your feet about calling to get one of your appliances fixed, you’ll want to do so soon. Chris from Vogel Appliance Service is now a celebrity! Check out his appliance care tips on Indy Style.

March 2, 2011 Posted by | Dishwasher, Freezer, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator | Leave a comment

Vogel Appliance in the News

Check out the recent story Vogel Appliance did with WTHR Channel 13 here in Indianapolis.

Thanks to WTHR for featuring us on your story. Thanks to long time customers the Weishaar’s for letting us do this at your house.

Dishwasher detergent formula change brings cloudy glasses – 13 WTHR.

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Dishwasher | Leave a comment

No Love for Phosp-hates

Noticed your dishwasher not cleaning your dishes like it used to? That’s because several states (including Indiana) have adopted a phosphate ban on all dishwasher soaps as of July 1. Phosphates were previously the main cleaning ingredient in dishwasher and laundry soaps. They are also doing severe damage to our environment. Phosphates promote algae growth in our water systems which damages these delicate ecosystems and the fish and animals that live in them. While the ‘fix’ for your dirty dishes is still up for debate, there are several things you can do.

  • Find a good soap, check out consumer reports for the best ones.
  • Use less of that soap, the hot water alone does a lot of the cleaning.
  • I have found that using a small amount of citric acid in with the soap helps keep the film off.
  • Or, call Vogel Appliances and have us come out and give your dishwasher a thorough cleaning and give you some other tips that you get when you call the experts out.
  • October 4, 2010 Posted by | Dishwasher | Leave a comment

    Blame It One The Rain

    The Indianapolis sewer system can only handle so much. Especially when heavy rain moves in, it’s prime time for flooding. But don’t just runoff and do nothing. Help alleviate strain on storm sewers and prevent pollutants from seeping into our waterways by limiting your demand on water during rainy days.

    • Limit laundry, dishwasher use, flushing and showering during heavy rain. Indy’s wastewater treatment plants can only handle so much before they overflow into our waterways.

    For more information on protecting our waterways, check out tips from Green Piece Indy and the Indianapolis Clean Stream Team.

    June 16, 2010 Posted by | Dishwasher, Washing Machine | Leave a comment

    Dismal Dishwasher

    You may not believe this, but my dishwasher is not exactly top-notch. I too get cloudy glasses and smudgy silverware – thank you, Indianapolis city water. Here’s a little trick: once a month or so, soak your silverware in white vinegar, wipe and rinse clean. You can also put a glass upright and fill it with white vinegar before running the dishwasher.

    November 15, 2009 Posted by | Dishwasher | 2 Comments

    Gel vs. Powder

    It’s the age-old question – should you use gel or powder soap in your dishwasher? Well, I have all the answers. If you have hard water, you should use powder dishwasher soap. If you have soft water, you may use gel dishwasher soap. Powder dishwasher soap is freeze-dried so it disolves as soon as it hits the water. Gel dishwasher soap does not necessarily dissolve immediately, causing it to swirl around in the water and create build-up inside your dishwasher. Unless you want a visit from your favorite appliance repairman (I wouldn’t blame you if you do) to clean out the gel build-up, it’s safe to stick with powder dishwasher soaps.

    The same rule applies to your washing machine, though it’s not quite as important. Happy washing!

    October 2, 2009 Posted by | Dishwasher, Washing Machine | Leave a comment

    How Much Dishwasher Soap?

    One of the most common mistakes you can make with your dishwasher is to add too much soap. You know how your dishwasher has two little cups for soap – one open and one that closes? Well, here’s my advice: Fill the closable cup about 1/3 – 1/2 full, let some soap scatter around the cup (it doesn’t actually have to land in the open cup), and close the closable cup. That should be plenty.

    When someone calls me saying that their dishes aren’t getting clean in their dishwasher, I always question if they’re using too much soap. That cloudy, “unclean” appearance of glasses is often not because they’re not getting clean. It’s usually because there is a soap residue landing on the glasses because there’s too much soap in the dishwasher. Even worse, excess soap tends to build up in the nooks and crannies of your dishwasher and is dispersed as residue-building vapor during the drying process.

    Try cutting what you’re using now in half. If it still gets your dishes clean, cut back a bit more. Just think, not only will you have cleaner dishes, you’ll save what you spend on dishwasher soap too!

    September 18, 2009 Posted by | Dishwasher | Leave a comment