Dishwashers and powdered water softener

firstkimNovember 25, 2009

The folks on the appliance forum don't seem to have an answer, so I thought I'd try here.

The water here is hard as nails and my landlady refuses to install a water softener, but that's another topic...

We have a brand-new Whirlpool dishwasher. I use Cascade powder in it, since a plumber once told me that the gels are a major cause of clogs in dishwasher drains. I also use a rinse aid due to the hard water. But my plastics are still covered with a white scum at the end of the cycle, and it doesn't matter which variation of the cycle choices I use. I've also increased the amount of rinse aid that's released during the rinse cycle. Would it do any harm to add a teaspoon full of Calgon or some similar water softening powder to the wash cycle? Would it help?

BTW - My water heater is set at about 140 degF and I normally use the hi-heat setting as well.

TIA for any help or advice!

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Try "Glass Magic." Just follow the instructions on the box.

Look for in the automatic dishwasher detergent aisle of your grocery store. It used to come in a little green box.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glass Magic @ Amazon

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 10:49AM
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My appliance repairman suggested I use the power ball type of (Finish or Electasol, can't remember) dishwasher tablets/packets. I switched from the Cascade I have used for decades, and that white residue is gone. I also use a rinse aid at his suggestion.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 3:06PM
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I checked. I use Finish powerball at the plumber's suggestion.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2009 at 2:42PM
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Most definitely worth a shot! Thank you both very much!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2009 at 6:21PM
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