Hard Water and Washing Dishes

You’ve probably noticed your dishes don’t clean as well as you like. The problem may not be your dishwasher or the type of detergent you use. You may have hard water. When we talk about hard water, we’re referring to water that has high levels of calcium and magnesium. These minerals often come from rocks and soils that your water came into contact with before it was sent to your home.

When you have hard water, you may notice spots and film on your dishes. This happens because soaps do not lather well when mixed with hard water. In addition, you dishwasher may accumulate white scale and film. This build up can damage your dishwasher if left unchecked. Also, most warranties don’t cover hard water damage.



How can you deal with hard water problems with your dishwasher?

  • Soften your water.

    If you’d like to take care of hard water problems from the source, you can install a water softener in your Jacksonville Fl home. A water softener will lower the levels of calcium and magnesium in your water and provide your entire home with softer water.

  • Use more detergent.

    If you don’t want to install a water softener, you might want to consider using more detergent when you run your dishwasher. Refer to your dishwasher’s owner’s manual to see how much detergent they suggest using in homes with hard water.

  • Add a rinse aid.

    A rinse aid will help take care of the spotty and streaky dishes we described above. Again, it’s best to consult your owner’s manual to see how much and what kind of rinse aid your dishwasher’s manufacturer suggests.

  • Run the dishwasher with vinegar.

    Vinegar does a great job of clearing out hard water stains in your dishwasher. If you notice calcium scale on the bottom of your unit, fill a cup with vinegar and run a cycle with the cup on the top rack.