Asked by: Eimi Caiño
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th May, 2020

What kind of salt should I use in my dishwasher?

Dishwasher salt is typically made of 100% sodium chloride with no other additives, whereas table salt often contains anti-caking compounds like magnesium. The additives used in table salt may interfere with the dishwasher's mechanical components or promote the production of hard water stains.

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Considering this, can I use any salt in my dishwasher?

3 Answers. Salt is used to regenerate the dishwasher ion exchange column. It is possible to use any other pure NaCl-salt as a replacement but alas our table salt used for cooking isn't. There usually are several anticaking agents that would destroy the ion exchanger in our dishwasher.

Likewise, what happens if you don't put salt in dishwasher? Every dishwasher contains a water softener to remove lime and magnesium from the water. If this doesn't happen correctly, your dishes will start showing white stains. Without salt, your water softener would become saturated after a while, and wouldn't function properly anymore.

Similarly, it is asked, what can I use instead of dishwasher salt?

Substitutes: For dishwasher salt, use large grained “kosher” salt. For rinse, use white vinegar and for detergent, there are many natural recipes. I use two teaspoons of a mixture of half borax and half baking soda. If you buy tablets or powder, use half for each load.

Can you put too much salt in a dishwasher?

Table salt may not soften your water; however, in small amounts it won't hurt your dishwasher. Once you clear as much of the salt as you can, run a rinse cycle. The salt should be all gone, and you can now add dishwasher salt.

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