Dishwashers are supposed to be designed to lighten the load of cleaning in your household. But if you are finding yourself hand-washing your dishes AFTER they come out of a machine cycle, you probably have a limescale problem. Not only can neglecting a limescale problem can ruin your dishes overtime, it can also jeopardize the performance and efficiency of your appliance. This can lead to higher energy bills, water bills, and repair bills. In worst case scenarios, homeowners may be required to replace their dishwasher altogether, and even the plumbing connections too.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to combat limescale buildup and dishwasher spotting issues. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips to get your dishwasher to deliver sparkling clean dishes on every cycle.
Dish spotting and white film are some of the common results of limescale accumulation in dishwasher plumbing, so if this is what you are seeing after a dishwasher cycle, limescale is the likely culprit. Where does this limescale come from? Well, water contains hard mineral ions, and when heated at high temperatures, these hard minerals it evaporates very fast, precipitate out of the water, and settle as solid debris. This sediment, or limescale, is generally comprised of calcium carbonate, which is what leaves the tell-tale white film and spots on your dishes after the dishwasher has completed its drying cycle.
Limescale doesn’t just affect your dishes, it also accumulates on all appliance components, including the pump, plumbing connects, and the inside surfaces. This is where the mechanical malfunctions can happen as a result of limescale accumulation. After some time, the limescale causes the dishwasher to operate at an inefficient level, and as mentioned before, this will cause higher energy and water bills, repair costs, and potentially full-on appliance replacement.
How to Manage Limescale
Limescale is inevitable to a certain extent, but it can be well-managed with some good practices and over-the-counter products. For starters, be sure you are using a quality dishwashing detergent, whether in liquid, powder, or capsule form. A highly recommended product is Cascade Pure Rinse formula ™, which offers a clear rinse cycle additive that helps eliminate excess limescale accumulation.
Special Tip: If you have a serious hard water problem, avoid using citrus-scented products and dishwashing gels.
When shopping around for a dishwasher detergent, be sure to stick with low or no Phosphate detergents. Another highly recommended dishwashing product to consider adding to your routine is Glass Magic™, which will protect your clear glasses from spotting and other blemishes caused by hard water deposits.
Adding a cup of white vinegar to the final water rinse cycle can also help clear the pump, plumbing, and racks of such deposits. But do not put the vinegar in the dishwasher door, but rather, in a cup on the top rack. You can also try dishwasher cleaners, such as Dishwasher Magic™ or Jet Dry™, which are specially formulated to speed up the hard water deposit removal process.
Another Tip: Keep your inlet water supply set to at least 120 degrees. You may also want to try reducing your detergent usage, as using too much soap can cause white film and deposits on dishes.
After 3 months or so, you will not need to use these descaling products as much. Once you have your limescale issue controlled, simply incorporate them into your dishwashing routine as needed. If you are still having problems with dish spotting and limescale, it may be due to poor water softening. Contact a local and licensed water softening company for hard water removal advice and service.
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