When you open up your dishwasher, you expect your dishes to be clean. Not to just be clean, but to look clean. Instead, you pull them out and it marks them with water spots. An overreaction is unwarranted, because there are a couple simple things you can do to prevent water spots on your dishes.

The reason that your dishes might have water spots is because of your water. Water with a high mineral count, also known as hard water, can cause those annoying water spots. Hard water is also the culprit for those same spots found in your shower and on your sink. There is a long-term solution for this, and that is to add water softener to help remove calcium from your water.

Water softeners work by a process called ion exchange. Hard water enters a mineral tank filled with negatively charged resin beads. Calcium and magnesium have a positive charge, so when hard water passes through the resin, the opposites attract and pull the minerals from your water. What it leaves is soft water, which then flows through your home and out of your faucets.

There is another, possibly quicker, solution that you can use with items already in your house. The common white vinegar in your kitchen has the power to fight hard water and hopefully stop those water spots from showing up on your dishes.

Common white vinegar is a mild acid, and you may have used it for other cleaning projects in your home to remove grime or other mineral buildups. Unlike other cleaners, vinegar is safe and non-toxic. 

To use vinegar to clean your dishwasher, fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with vinegar and place it on the top rack. Run the dishwasher through its normal cycle, and you find that your plates and glasses are spot-free.

Because vinegar is an acid, it is important to not use it in the rinse aid compartment of the dishwasher. Doing so could damage the rubber components of the appliance, which will then cause more serious problems than water spots.

Those tiny water spots on your dishes are just tiny problems. Whether you go for a long-term solution like water softener, or a quick fix using vinegar, you will be happy to have those clean (and spotless!) dishes ready for your next meal. If your dishwasher has other, more serious problems, then it is time to bring in a professional. 

For your dishwasher issues, and any other plumbing problem you may have, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. Trust us to install or fix your dishwasher, or to help with any plumbing needs in your home. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.