I had “one of those” days last week. My dishwasher smelled like dead fish – a decaying dead fish, to be exact – after the it supposedly washed the dishes. I guess our fish dinner won that battle.
We love grilling fish in the summer because the wonderful smell stays outside and my house is spared from the stench. And what kind of fish we LOVE to eat? The smelliest fish in the ocean.
Yes. mackerel – the greasy fish that is rich in Omega-3 oil that happens to be on the “Best Choice” list by Seafood Watch.Org. I simply salt the fish and grill on high heat. Then, I squeeze lemon on the crispy and browned skin before serving, and my family gobbles them up. Since mackerel is a oily fish, the oil gets burned off when it gets seared on high heat. And the smell…….well, let’s just say, I don’t cook this in the winter when I can’t grill it on the outdoor BBQ grill.
Then, “last week” happened. I was hurrying to load the dishwasher and I didn’t rinse out the glass container that I used to store the leftover fish. I also didn’t rinse out the plate that the fish was served on. Normally, I don’t pre-rinse the dishes but fishy plates, I always do but this time, I was in too much of a hurry to pre-rinse. I also didn’t preset the dishwasher to ‘skip’ the drying so when it stopped, it dried in high heat, baking in the fish smell on everything inside. Yeah. Good going, Karen.
Long story short, fishy plate + fishy glass container + HOT dishwasher water =one bad fishy dishwasher…
I thought I can run the dishwasher again to eliminate the odor so I ran it again with my trusty dishwasher detergent. But that didn’t work. My dishes and glasses smelled even more fishy. Not the nice ocean salt waster smell but the putrid dead fish smell.
I thought I needed the stronger store brand so I borrowed my mom’s Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent. That didn’t work either.
By this third wash, I was certain that I needed to just replace the damn machine because the dishes and glasses were smelling fishier and fishier and the machine reeked when I opened the door.
So I unloaded the dishwasher, rewashed the drinking glasses and put all the dishes on the dish rack for the smell to dissipate and crosses my fingers.
Then, I got to work.