There is nothing more frustrating than wasting valuable time hand-washing dishes after they come out of the dishwasher. Spots, residue, white films, and lime scale build up are all common dish-washing foes that cause this additional annoying chore. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to improve the way your dishwasher does its job!
Continue reading to learn some effective tips for getting better results from your dish-washing machine.
Eliminate Limescale Buildup
The first step to improving your dishwasher’s functioning is to clean it out. After sometime, the internal surface areas of the dishwasher develop a layer of harden lime scale, which can negatively impact the overall performance. A simple approach to eliminating lime scale residue in the dishwasher is to run each cycle with a cup of distilled white vinegar for a few days. You can also try store-bought products, such as Dishwasher Magic™ or Jet Dry™. Use these methods for 90 days for best results.
Change Your Detergent
When choosing a dish-washing product, do not skimp on quality. There is a difference in performance between your grocery store’s bargain brand and a well-noted one. Secondly, be sure to choose a detergent that is specially formulated with clear rinse cycle additive, such as Cascade Pure Rinse™. Furthermore, it is helpful to use detergents that are phosphate-free, or at least low in phosphate levels. If you have very hard water, it is not recommended to use gel or citrus scented dish-washing pods.
Increase Water Temperature
If you are having a lot of trouble getting clean dishes from the dishwasher, and all other attempts have failed, your water might be too cold. Double check that your inlet water supply is at least 120 degrees to get optimally clean dishware. You can change these settings on the panel of your hot water heater. If you are unsure of how to change your water heater settings, refer to the manufacturers’ manual for instructions, or contact a local technician for assistance.
Improve Your Water Quality
Even with all of these approaches, sometimes a limescale problem cannot be fixed without addressing the underlying issue of hard, high mineral water. Before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars as a result of hard water damages, consider installing a whole house water filtration system instead. Although there is an initial investment, overtime, it will save you money on appliance repairs, replacements, and disasters.