How to descale my dishwasher

Just like any other household appliance, a dishwasher will last much longer if you pay a little attention to its maintenance. This way, you can be sure that it will continue to clean your dishes properly and that you won’t be bothered by foul odors. One of the most important things you can do is descale your dishwasher. On this page, we explain the best way to do that.

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How to descale my dishwasher

With this simple step-by-step plan, you’ll have your dishwasher thoroughly descaled in no time.

Step 1: Completely empty the dishwasher

Don’t just take out the pans and other dishes, make sure you remove the food residue from the bottom and clean the filter thoroughly.

Step 2: Run a wash program

To descale the dishwasher, choose a wash program where the water gets at least 60 degrees hot. You are now going to run the pre-rinse program, and in doing so you will not use a dishwasher cube or other detergent. This is to remove the worst of the dirt in advance.

Step 3: Stop the program

Stop the program after 30 minutes and now add descaler. You can sprinkle it on the bottom and also add a cup of baking soda, cleaning vinegar, dish soap, vinegar or detergent.

Step 4: Start the program.

Turn the dishwasher back on for a second spin. This can be done on any setting, but preferably warmer than 60 degrees. Now let the program run all the way through. When you start the machine dishwasher door household turn personal advice built-in drain.

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What does limescale do to your dishwasher

Lime is something that is naturally found in water. Every dishwasher takes care of getting this out with a water softener, which removes lime and magnesium from the water before it is used to rinse your dishes. When this is not done properly, you get so-called hard water, which has a lot of lime and magnesium in it. This can have several unpleasant consequences.

Bad for the inside

First of all, limescale in your dishwasher is bad for the inside. The rubber on the inside of your dishwasher is especially sensitive to scale and can start to leak. It can also cause a component to become clogged. This can shorten the life of the dishwasher and make you buy a new one sooner than necessary.

Deposits on glasses

Regularly descaling your dishwasher can also prevent white deposits from forming on your glasses, also known as limescale. Do your glasses already have this white haze? Then clean them by soaking them for 15 minutes in a bath of warm water and white vinegar or another acidic substance.

Descale your dishwasher regularly

Descaling your dishwasher is wise if you want to enjoy your dishwasher and dishes for longer. By doing so, you prevent the lime from attacking the components and your items.

It is also important to regularly top up the salt in your dishwasher. Do not use table salt for this, but special salt designed for dishwashers. This acts as a descaler. How much salt you use depends on the hardness of your water. That hardness is different for each city and you can look it up online.

 

Making sure your dishwasher continues to clean dishes well

Tip 1: Regularity

Cleaning your dishwasher is not something you do once. It is recommended that you descale your dishwasher at least a few times a year. This way dirt doesn’t get the chance to accumulate and the chance of your dishwasher becoming clogged is significantly reduced.

Tip 2: Professional descaler

You can use vinegar or baking soda to descale your dishwasher, but for best results use professional descaler. Ask about this at a store that sells white goods!

Tip 3: Keep the basics clean

Completely clean your dishwasher on a regular basis. Use a mild detergent. This prevents food residue from sticking to the bottom of your dishwasher and clogging up the filter or drain, for example. You can also choose to buy dishwasher tablets that have an extra descaler in them.