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3 Easy Tips On How To Make Your Dishes Shine

3 Easy Tips On How To Make Your Dishes Shine

Why your dishes don’t look shiny anymore?

If you Google ‘How To Make Your Dishes Shine’, you’ll get over 28 million results to choose from, yet, you are are here.

3 Easy Tips On How To Make Your Dishes Shine

The cause of the problem if white film on dishes could be a combination of salt or limescale, or what we call in the south, hard water. If you can wipe off the white coating with a finger, it is probably salt residue. If you cannot wipe the coating off but you can remove it with a small amount of vinegar, it is probably limescale.  We’re going to give you 3 tips on how to make your dishes shine. But to be honest, you should be focused on what matters and let a professional maid services company do your dishes.

The Annoyance

After spending 2 hours over the stove cooking a family meal, you pack the dishwasher, add soap, let it run in anticipation of clean dishes only to open the door at the end of the cycle to find disappointingly cloudy glassware? Is there a white residue on the sides and in the basin of your dishwasher? Is the problem getting progressively worse? Are you afraid that your dishwasher just doesn’t clean like it used to?

3 Tips On How to Make Your Dishes Shine

white film on dishes

1. Clean the Dishwasher of Hard Water Deposits

Before you can take preventative measures to keep your dishwasher and dishes from becoming covered with mineral deposits, you have to first stop the problem by cleaning the dishwasher. There are commercial products available to do this, such as Finish Dishwasher Cleaner. However, we have found that an equally effective method is to use household white vinegar. Simply run the dishwasher on a rinse and dry cycle. After starting the dishwasher, wait until the basin fills with water and then add 2 cups of white vinegar to the water and allow the dishwasher to complete its cycle. The acid in the white vinegar will take care of the cosmetic mineral deposits on the surfaces of the dishwasher and also clean the plumbing of the spray arms and nozzles.

A deep cleaning of your dishwasher like this should be done about every six months. Of course, consult with your dishwasher manufacturer to ensure that vinegar is safe to run in your model.

2. Add Rinse Aid

A rinse aid, such as Jet Dry, is an important part of the dishwashers final rinse cycle. The rinse aid promotes a sheeting action of water in the final rinse cycle and prevents it from forming droplets on glasses and dishes that dry as spots or streaks. In other words, using a rinse aid removes excess moisture and condensation from the dishwasher by allowing water to drain off of dishes in the final rinse cycle.

The rinse aid should be added to the dispenser (typically located on the door panel) and checked periodically to make sure that there is a sufficient supply.

3. Supplement Your Detergent With An Acidic Additive

The real secret sauce in keeping your dishes and glassware shining with each wash is using an acid based additive alongside your detergent in each cycle. We have found that Lemi Shine, a product derived from fruit acids and citrus oils, works best and is fairly inexpensive. Lemi Shine can be purchased at most big box stores alongside the dishwasher detergents. The Lemi Shine should be added with your regular powdered dishwasher detergent and a little goes a long way.

We recommend simply pre-mixing one 12 ounce bottle of powdered Lemi Shine with a standard 75 ounce box of powdered dishwasher detergent, such as Cascade. A hint to make this even easier is to pour the mixture into a reusable plastic container with a pour spout. Use the detergent mixture each and every time you run the dishwasher as you normally would the detergent alone and your dishes will shine with each and every load!

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