What Makes Dishwasher Salt So Effective?

Effectiveness of Dishwasher Salt

Salt is an essential part of cooking. Its sodium content enhances the flavor of food and often elevates a dish from being bland to becoming Wow! The benefits of salt extend beyond the actual food preparation stage, however: they also make their way into dishwashing!

Keeping your dishwasher topped up with Finish Dishwater Cleaner is necessary to ensure that your machine keeps working at optimum performance levels. It also makes your dishes come out looking like new. The idea of putting salt in an appliance might seem a little bit strange, but not after you’ve read through the following list of why dishwasher salt is essential:

  1. Dishwasher cleaner contains many surfactants to clean the vital parts of your dishwasher. It contains Sodium Chloride, the same chemical that makes up table and sea salts. These can’t be substituted however, as dishwashing salt is specially formulated to contain none of the iron and carbonates that these other salts contain, which can actually increase water hardness and damage the dishwasher.
  2. Dishwasher Salt doesn’t enter the dishwasher’s actual cleaning components, but instead, it flows through the softener unit before being drained with the waste water.
  3. The Dishwasher Salt works by providing sodium for the dishwasher’s ‘ion exchange resins’ that are ingrained in the softener. When regenerated by the sodium, these work to attract and trap the magnesium and calcium ions that harden water.
  4. Dishwasher Salt has much larger granules than regular salt, this helps them dissolve slowly. If they were any finer, they would run the risk of blocking the softener unit.
  5. Dishwasher Salt contains special anti-caking agents to ensure that when salt gets wet it doesn’t become a solid mass that blocks the water softener.

To use dishwasher salt, locate the softener unit. It is usually located at the bottom of the dishwasher near the drain. Unscrew the cap and fill it with dishwashing salt. If the reservoir for the salt is full of water, you can still pour the salt in as it will displace what is in there. The salt will be made into a brine solution when it is used anyway, so it doesn’t need to be dry. Replace the cap, and it should be ready to use again. Most water softeners have an adjustable setting for water hardness, so make sure it is adjusted correctly so that you get the perfect amount of cleanliness. You can ask your supplier for the hardness levels in your area. It is wise to replace your dishwasher salt about once a month.

So as barmy as it may seem, that’s how salt can enhance your meal, all the way down to the washing up. Keep your dishwasher topped up with Finish Dishwashing Salt to ensure that whatever your water hardness, your dishes come out clean and sparkling.