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Dishwasher FAQ: How to Remove Hard Water Spots From Dishes

We put our dirty dishes into our dishwasher along with some detergent, fully expecting to close the door, walk away for a bit, and return to a load of sparkling-clean dishes. However, this isn’t always the case. Up to 85% of the United States has hard water, affecting how our appliances perform. Our dishwasher’s performance is greatly affected by the water it uses to clean. Hard water leaves behind residue on our dishes, and hard water spots on glass are quite noticeable. Hard water can also lead to build-up inside your dishwasher.

How to Remove Hard Water Spots From Dishes

When you have a dishwasher, doing the dishes shouldn’t have to be hard. We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions to guide you on how to remove hard water spots from dishes, and also how to prevent hard water build-up inside your dishwasher.

FAQ #1: Why Does Hard Water Leave White Spots on Dishes?

First, we’ll explore what hard water is, and why it leaves hard water stains on dishes from dishwashers. Hard water is considered to be the extra minerals in the tap water we use in our homes. Hard water stains on dishes from dishwasher are generally caused by the water evaporating during the wash cycle, leaving behind mineral deposits on our dishes. Hard water spots on glass are especially noticeable….and annoying.

FAQ #2: What is Dishwasher Rinse Aid and Can it Remove Hard Water Spots?

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How to remove hard water stains from cups and hard water spots on glass has a few simple solutions. Using a dishwasher rinse aid is a fast and easy solution. What is dishwasher rinse aid? Rinse aids are not the same as dish soap. Dishwasher rinse aid helps remove water from your dishes, along with those mineral deposits that can be left behind.

There are some rinse aids that “outshine” the rest. We recommend Lemi Shine Dish Detergent Booster, which boasts a safe and powerful solution to those hard water stains on dishes from dishwashers. Another rinse aid is Finish Hard Water Booster Powder, which is easy on your wallet as well as highly effective in removing those hard water stains from cups and on glass.

FAQ #3: What is the Best Natural Hard Water Stain Remover?

Most people want to know how to remove hard water spots from dishes, but in a healthy and natural way. White vinegar is a simple, natural solution that is found in most homes and kitchens, ready to use. To prevent and remove hard water stain, simply place a small dishwasher-safe bowl full of vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. Make sure to place the bowl upright, and nestle it among the dishes. Run a cleaning cycle as normal. This simple step of using a bit of vinegar especially helps to remove hard water spots on glass.

FAQ #4: How Do I Remove Hard Water Buildup in My Dishwasher?

Over time, hard water can accumulate inside your dishwasher, along with food debris and soap residue. We advise giving your dishwasher a deep clean about once a month to keep it cleaning dishes beautifully. We recommend a product called Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner to remove mineral and “gunk” build-up that could affect your dishwasher’s performance. Keeping your dishwasher descaled and clean will also help to keep hard water spots off of your dishes.

If you find your dishwasher still isn’t keeping your dishes sparkling, the professionals at Dependable Repair Services are here to help. Give us a call to have one of our friendly, fast, and affordable technicians come out today!

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