I bought a new condo and my water is very hard. Whenever I use the
dishwasher I get white flaky residue on everything. I read to try
vinegar. I let the vinegar sit for several hours with the bottom full
of vinegar. Then I ran it a little to circulate the vinegar and let
it sit again. I then ran it through a complete cycle with no dishes
or detergent so as to rinse the vinegar out. I still get chunks of
stuff on all the dishes. The silverware especially looks horrible -
caked on white film with small bits of white flaky substance and food
Do you think I need a new dishwasher or is there some 'smoking gun'
it may take a few applications if it's been operated normally for a long
time without cleaning out the mineral deposits.
try getting some stronger acids. you can buy zep products in home depot, for
instance, that will remove more deposits. follow directions on the
container, and do a couple of applications. come back with the results.
you don't let it sit. you run a normal or extended pot cycle (without the
drying phase, if possible). you might also look to see if the arm holes are
clogged up. poking them open with toothpicks or opening them up, if
possible, to remove gunk that may be affecting things is useful.
Start using a product called Lemi-Shine with every load of dishes you wash.
It will clear up the problem you now have and prevent problems in the
future. It will also prevent hard water etching of china and glassware.
It comes in a cannister and is usually found where the dishwasher
detergents are sold. It's usually available at Wal-Mart.
To use Lemi-Shine, fill the closed cup with Lemi-Shine and the open cup
with regular granular dishwasher detergent (do use the gels).
We live in a very hard water area and this is the only way we can
effectivelly use our dishwasher. We use it with every load and everything
sparkles. The dishwasher itself it totally free of deposits on the inside.
The container states "real fruit acids, natural citrus oils, fragrance". I
would assume citric acid.
At what point in the cycle do you add the cup of vinegar? I've tried using
vinegar, first adding it before starting the cycle, but that did not
prevent clouding of glassware. It seemed to work reasonably well if added
to either of the final rinse cycles, but waiting around to do that was a
i just pour it in when i load the dishwasher. our dishes and glasses used to
come out cloudy, and since i started using vinegar, they look like new. i
don't need to use any rinse aid (jet-dri) now either.
Did you check the bottom of the dishwasher for debris? Hard to guide you
without knowing what brand model/you have, but the food particles can't
be the effect of hard water. Also I would check if the hot and cold
water pipes are not switched. Finally, make sure that the drain is not
obstructed in any way.
Repeat the vinegar cycle a few times.
Find out if your dishwasher has a built in water softener and if so,
make sure it has the appropriate amount of salt in it (there's salt
sold specifically for water softeners--that's what you should use, not
If vinegar doesn't clean it you can either tear it down and clean it
by hand or toss it and get a new one, depending on your tastes and
Note--run it through a full cycle with the vinegar--just letting it
sit in the bottom won't run the vinegar through the jets, which you
need to do in order to clear them.
Probably good advice, but have you cleaned the filter(s) in your
dishwasher? "Bits" of anything doesn't seem like just hard water.
Another thing to look at is the DiFi. At $50 it's a whole lot less
expensive than a water softener.
Au contraire. Before we got a softener we had white chunks (likely calcium
deposits) in the pipes. They'd build up in the faucet screens and block
water flow. We'd have to unscrew the heads and clean the screens at least
twice a week to maintain water flow. Once we got the softener we never saw
the chunks again.
I had the same problem. White build up coming from somewhere we couldnt
figure out. Then I drained the water heater. Well, I tried. It was so
gummed up with calcium that I couldnt get it drained. Ended up replacing
it and then at the same time installed a water softner.
Check your water heater for buildup.
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