If you consistently use your dishwasher, you’ve probably experienced those unsightly spots on your dishes and glassware at some point. There is little more frustrating than running a full load of dishes only to have to wash them by hand in the end. But there are some easy ways to reduce these common nuisances.
Minerals in Your Water
In most cases, spots left on your dishes are due to mineral content in your water supply. This can leave a residue behind during the drying cycle of your dishwasher. One of the easiest ways to deal with dishwasher spots is to consider buying a water filtration system. This attaches directly to your water supply and will trap minerals before they make it to your dishwasher. And the added benefit is that all your water will be free from these deposits, often making your drinking water more fresh and clear.
If you have hard water, you can also use a rinse agent product in your dishwasher. Rinse agents are surfactants which cause the water to sheet off your dishes and glassware by breaking a molecular bond and the tension between water and dishes. Because the water is not left behind on the dishes, it doesn’t leave behind the mineral residue when the dishes dry.
White vinegar can accomplish the same thing however vinegar can be corrosive. White vinegar can also discolor metal pans and silverware and has been known to break down rubber parts inside the dishwasher.
The Proper Amount of Detergent
Mineral deposits are not the only culprits when it comes to spots. The amount of detergent you use in the dishwasher can prevent your dishes from getting properly rinsed and leave a residual film. Too little detergent can leave your dishes not getting entirely clean.
Use Hot Water
Make sure the water entering your dishwasher is as hot as possible. The initial water in the first cycle may not be as hot as you need. Place a cooking thermometer inside to test the heat of the water. The water should be at least 120°F/48°C but not more than 150°/65°C. It is a good rule of thumb to run very hot water at your sink before starting the dishwasher so you already have hot water at the site.
Check Your Filter
Make sure the filter inside your dishwasher is not clogged with food debris. Cleaning this out periodically reduces the chance that you are circulating old food around inside your dishwasher.
Load Dishes Properly
Load your dishes correctly. If your dishes are not getting exposed to the water from the spray arm, they are simply not going to get clean. If you overload, primarily on the bottom rack, dishes will be blocked.
Water spots on your dishes and glassware can be frustrating and ugly. After you have tried these tips and you still see spots on your dishes, it may be time for a professional. Call EZ Appliance Repair, your Peterborough appliance repair specialist.