The single most important factor in getting good results is
The water must be at least 130o to work effectively. This is documented by the major manufacturers of detergents, such as Proctor & Gamble. Otherwise, greasy films will occur, along with soap residues left on glassware, etc.
Use a candy thermometer in a glass under the running hot water tap on your
sink to measure the incoming water temp. In general, it is best to
always turn on the hot water at the kitchen sink for at least one minute to
allow the actual hot water to flow. If not, the first couple of wash cycles
will have cold water in the tub, and this wastes time, energy and soap.
Using the delay cycle is never a good idea, since you will be assured of a
cold fill the first few cycles.
Most areas have fairly
hard water, which affects the cleaning properties of detergents.
Hard water is water showing above 7 grains of hardness.
Our Austin customers have, for example, 11-20 gr. hardness in many areas, mainly due to the limestone aquifer which supplies the vicinity. For them, I recommend filling both detergent cups full, plus using a rinse aid.
If you don't know how hard your water actually is, we have a solution.
Water Hardness Test Kits-
your water stands to determine your strategy.
Easy to Use!
hardness in Grains. Takes the guesswork out of detergent
Great for monitoring
your softener's efficiency!
Here for details!
- According to dishwasher industry statistics, approximately
five million new dishwashers are sold each year. Many new
dishwashers find homes in the 1.3 million new houses built
annually. But that leaves 3.7 million other dishwashers-and
most are replacing existing units that no longer perform
because of lime scale, soap scum, iron and grease buildup.
Based on an average cost of $400-500 for a new
dishwasher, consumers are spending more than $5 million
dollars each day on new dishwashers ($1.85 billion each
year). Perhaps this would
change if they had heard about the Dishwasher Magic product
You can determine the cause of cloudy glassware by soaking a glass in vinegar for 5 minutes.
If the cloudiness is removed it is a hard water deposit and more detergent is likely needed. If the cloudiness is not removed it is a permanent condition known as
etching. In this situation, use less detergent and stop pre-washing. In actuality, dishwashing detergent needs a bit of soil to work on, otherwise it will tend to foam up.
Every two months, run the unit with a quart of white vinegar added to the tank (no dishes or detergent for this!). This removes any deposits left behind in the tub, and actually helps keep the drain clear! Do this mainly on units with plastic tubs, since they are porous, and will absorb not only grease, but residue from the detergent.
Use a rinse-aid, such as Jet-Dry, in your dishwasher, unless you have a water softener. In this case, do NOT use a rinse aid, and reduce your powder detergent to
one teaspoonful per grain of water hardness. We recommend the solid form of the Jet-Dry, not the liquid. For one thing, the liquid is harder to deal with than checking a hanging basket visually. Also, the liquid dispenser only injects a couple of drops of liquid into the unit at the end of the wash cycle. This does not take into account varying degrees of water hardness in different areas. The solid version is always working right thru the wash and rinse cycles.
Hang it in the left front corner of the upper rack for the best distribution.
Detergents- Gel or Powder?
Gel detergents are not the best solution for your dishwashing . They
create more problems than they resolve. A few examples include:
Gels contain chlorine bleach (dissolves rubber seals)Gels tend to cloud glassware, leaving a whitish film.
Gels never really rinse off of interior
tub or from sump area.Gels clog the detergent dispenser, making it release late or not
at all. This causes door streaking by the chemicals.
Gels don't work well in hard water, they leave spots
Always use powdered detergent or tablets,
and make sure that your water temperature is at least 125-130o to
the dishwasher! It makes a world of difference in the final results.
Letter from Customer:
The gel dishwasher detergent had really stopped things up before I realized it. I even had to have the plumber come out twice in one week to unclog the pipes. He couldn't say for sure that the gel was to blame, but it could have contributed to the problem. With the
Dishwasher Magic, everything is running freely again. I'll never use gel again, and I WILL use Dishwasher Magic on a regular basis!