Have you ever noticed water spots or a cloudy film on your dishes after they come out of the dishwasher? This can be caused by several factors, including hard water, too much detergent, or lack of rinse aid. We will explain how to prevent these problems and get your dishes looking their best!
How to Prevent Water Spots
You can prevent water spots on your dishes by first determining what the cause is. Using too much detergent, hard water, or not using a rinse aid can cause water spots. Simple adjustments to your dishwashing routine can make your dishes shine again!
Use Less Detergent
One of the most common causes of water spots and a cloudy film on dishes is too much detergent. When there is too much detergent on your dishes, it can cause them to become cloudy or covered in water spots. To prevent water spots on your dishes, try using less detergent when you wash your dishes. Check your Owner’s Manual for the recommended amount and type of dishwasher detergent.
Treat Hard Water
Another common cause of water spots is hard water. Hard water is water that has high mineral content. These minerals can leave spots on your dishes when they dry. If you have hard water, you may need to use a water softener to prevent these spots. Hard water is safe to bathe and consume, but it may taste a little salty.
Vinegar is a great product for cleaning all kinds of things, including spots and films on your dishes. Adding vinegar to your dishwashing cycle can help cut through hard water minerals since it is a mild acid. Simply add a cup of white vinegar to the top rack of your dishwasher before starting a cycle.
Use Rinse Aid
Another way to prevent water spots is to use a rinse aid. Rinse aid is a product that helps remove water from dishes and glasses after they have been washed. This can help prevent spots from forming on your dishes. Rinse aid is available at most supermarkets and hardware stores. You may not need to use a rinse aid if you don’t have an issue with spots or films on your dishes. Some detergents, especially pod detergents, already include rinse aid in them.
Benefits of Using Rinse Aid
Besides preventing film and water spots, rinse aid is beneficial for a handful of other reasons.
- Protects dishes against scratches and other marks.
- Decreases the time needed to dry dishes, saving you money on your electric bill.
- Prevents food from the dirty wash water from going back onto your dishes.
- Prevents water spots on your dishes.
- Leaves your dishes sparkling clean!
If you are having issues with your dishwasher, or have questions about how to use a rinse agent effectively, reach out to the dishwasher repair experts at Solar Appliance Repair today.