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Lime build-up in dishwasher?

Started 1300763738.117 in For the Home Talk | Last reply 1301139188.077 by Luckylu II

Can anyone suggest a good dishwasher soap that might help this problem? I told our DIL and son that they may have to put a filter on the dishwasher. Thanks for your help.

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Pipsqueak1300766146.327259 PostsRegistered 6/19/2009West of the Great Smoky Mountains

I found a product at my local grocery store called Dishwasher Magic. Our water is hard and since our KichenAid dishwasher has the stainless steel interior we get build-up. Anyway, this product not only rids the dishwasher of that calcium and lime build up, it also disinfects. But the secret is to run the hottest possible cycle (i.e. hi temp scrub, sani rinse) with the bottle turned upside down, preferably in bottom rack.

Here is a link if you would like to read more about this product.

http://dishwashermagic.com/

Sister Gol­den Hair1300766831.914544 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

Pip, thank-you so much for your post. I wish that our daughter-in-law would of told me before now, so I could of found something for her. I will check out the website and I really appreciate you taking the time to help me.

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Pipsqueak1300767726.54259 PostsRegistered 6/19/2009West of the Great Smoky Mountains

You're welcome, even though this is just a maintenance type product, good luck to your DIL and son trying to find a decent dishwasher soap that does the trick. It has been discussed on these boards before that since many states have cracked down on no phosphates in dish-washing detergents it's been difficult now to find a decent product that does the trick on getting dishes clean, too.

Ellie07141300768724.671791 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern California

you can find Dishwasher magic at Walmart.

ellie

ForestMaven1300769482.28698 PostsRegistered 5/14/2007

I googled for help and found this suggestion: Put 1 Cup of white vinegar in a bowl; put the bowl on the top rack. Run the dishwasher on its longest setting. Worked like magic for me, and it's essentially free. I'd try that before buying any product; if it works, you're in luck!

Brabls1300777111.96314740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

If it is too bad, repair folks have a stronger solution that really takes off lime. When I moved in to my condo, I had the lime chiseled off, but it didn't clean the holes. Plumbers stuff worked. Got the dishwasher working until I could get a new one.

realsilver­girl1300777810.521979 PostsRegistered 12/12/2009

Is it in the bottom of the washer? I would soak a towel in vinegar and lay it on there. Let it sit a good long time. Then run it with vinegar inside the machine. Either put vinegar in towels laying across the baskets or something. It should soften the lime build up.

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jGalt1300778565.711613 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Texas

I add LemiShine in the soap cup with each load. The first time I did it, I used the LemiShine in an empty dishwasher cycle. Subsequently I add a small amount (about a tablespoon) to the soap cup with each load. I'm so glad I found this stuff because previously the dishwasher was a mess and the dishes and glasses were coming out looking very bad.

I also recommend using Cascade Complete pacs as the soap. This product is little pouches with a green/blue swirly stuff inside. I do not recommend the yellow one (with lemon).

bopper1300808259.47314103 PostsRegistered 8/5/2007

I am using the dishwasher magic right now. I found it at Walmart. I have a nasty lime buildup inside of my dishwasher and my glasses always look nasty too even though they are clean.

It says to put the bottle in the silverware basket upside down and it hardly fit in my basket. Maybe my dishwasher is an older model because I could only get the very top to fit. I hope it hasn't tipped over in my dishwasher now. {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

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imaclothes­hog1300819252.20721970 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

I use the Dishwasher Magic stuff, about every 2 months in my dishwasher. It does a great job, removing all the lime and mineral scale in the dishwasher. Plus, it seems to refresh the smell in there too, no nasty funky smell in there. I recommend it highly! I buy mine at Walmart but they have it at Lowes etc. too.

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imaclothes­hog1300819361.0321970 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006
On 3/22/2011 bopper said:

I am using the dishwasher magic right now. I found it at Walmart. I have a nasty lime buildup inside of my dishwasher and my glasses always look nasty too even though they are clean.

It says to put the bottle in the silverware basket upside down and it hardly fit in my basket. Maybe my dishwasher is an older model because I could only get the very top to fit. I hope it hasn't tipped over in my dishwasher now. {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

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Bopper, sometimes you have to turn it sideways and fiddle with it, to get it to fit in there. If you don't get it in there just so, the little wax plug won't fall out and the liquid won't all drain out like it's supposed to. I figured out that, it works better when I don't put it in the silverware basket but in the little area beside it. I prop it up next to the basket and wedge it between some prongs and it works much better. If the waxy plug doesn't come out and dissolve, it isn't working properly.

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bopper1300826003.0114103 PostsRegistered 8/5/2007

Well it is done, but I still have crud in my dishwasher. I wonder if I need to do it twice. I only bought 1 but will get another one next week. Do you think that may take care of it?

3291300827260.28195 PostsRegistered 10/3/2010

I also live in Michigan and have well water. I found a product at Meijer called "Lemi Shine". It says it is the hard water expert. For the first use it is to be used alone with no dishes to clean the dishwasher components. It states for excessive buildup to stop the dishwasher midway and allow it to soak for 4-8 hours. I also frequently pour full strength vinegar into the extra receptacle. Good luck. Dealing with calcium and lime deposits wreaks havoc on things!

bopper1300827701.62714103 PostsRegistered 8/5/2007

329 thanks I just also used that today. The crud is near the bottom around the thing that goes around. I probably should have left it sit for the 4-8 hours. Yes calcium and lime are terrible even in the shower it's awful. I get pretty good results with Lime Away in the bathroom.

Sister Gol­den Hair1300833639.85314544 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

Thank-you everyone for your great suggestions. This is a brand new dishwasher and daughter-in-law says that it looks like snow!! But she has never lived in the country on well water. It is wonderful that we can get these products at Walmart. Thanks again for all your help.

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cookie51300969924.1673513 PostsRegistered 11/15/2007Texas Hill Country

I was told that Tang once a month would keep this problem away. Never tried it though.

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lea8111300995933.09147 PostsRegistered 4/12/2008Texas

A friend told me about LemiShine after it was recommended by her dishwasher repairman. I use it every few times--just add a little with the soap.

patintc1301107572.223566 PostsRegistered 3/3/2006TC Michigan

Michigan was one of 18 states that banned phosphates in dishwasher detergents in July, 2010. The detergents alone can't do the job anymore. Dishwasher magic will clean up the interior. Lemishine or Finish Glass magic will help the dishes from looking milky or chalky. The problem is apparent in hard water rather than soft water.

harcon1301108142.52311545 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

Tang is the thing!! Just sprinkle a container of Tang on the bottom of your dishwasher and run it empty. It cleans the dishwasher and the pipes.

Learned that tip from a radio show, Glenn Haege-Mr. Handyman. I used the Tang once every few months for the 15 years I lived in the house and never had a problem.

Luckylu II1301139188.0671408 PostsRegistered 2/7/2011

Sometimes I use CLR, sometimes Iron OUT. Sometimes a gallon of vinegar. Sometimes dishwasher cleaner. I've heard about TANG in the toilet bowl.....Didn't know they even made Tang anymore.....


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