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How to improve an old dishwaters performance.

Take a packet of unsweetened lemonade any brand and run it through a cycle. This will clean all the scale and calcium from the pump and spray arm to improve the circulation of water in the machine.

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I would like to clean off the calcium deposits that are in the dishwasher. How can I do this or what product should I use.


there are few things you can do to remove the calcium deposits.....

Change the detergent you use. Powdered dishwasher detergent is more efficient in removing grease and oil than gels. Decreasing the gunk left on surfaces may help slow lime scale buildup.


Put a quart of vinegar or lemon juice in the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run it up to the "dry" cycle once a month to keep up with accumulating scale. Extended exposure to mild acid and hot water dissolves most scale.


Clean circulator arms with vinegar or lemon juice and a vegetable brush or toothbrush. Let the acid sit on the scale before scrubbing. Use a needle or hat pin to pierce clogged holes, then rinse by running a cycle with vinegar.


Use plain salt or baking soda to scour surfaces with a sponge or rag. Rinse with boiling water or run a cycle with an empty dishwasher. Do not run the dry cycle.
  • 2 Put a quart of vinegar or lemon juice in the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run it up to the "dry" cycle once a month to keep up with accumulating scale. Extended exposure to mild acid and hot water dissolves most scale.
  • 3 Clean circulator arms with vinegar or lemon juice and a vegetable brush or toothbrush. Let the acid sit on the scale before scrubbing. Use a needle or hat pin to pierce clogged holes, then rinse by running a cycle with vinegar.
  • 4 Use plain salt or baking soda to scour surfaces with a sponge or rag. Rinse with boiling water or run a cycle with an empty dishwasher. Do not run the dry cycle.

  • Read more: How to Remove Lime Deposits in Dishwashers | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5611602_remove-lime-deposits-dishwashers.html#ixzz0wtABvYq2

    Aug 17, 2010 | Hobart 24 in. LXIH-3 Built-in Dishwasher

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    dishes do not come clean


    try running a wash cycle with a packet of unsweetened Lemonade Koolaid in the detergent compartment. No detergent, just the Lemonade Koolaid. The citric acid in the Koolaid cleans away lime deposits that clog things up. Works like a charm! My dishwasher cleans better and smells better too. For 20 cents it is worth a try.

    Aug 10, 2010 | Whirlpool Dishwashers

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    soap suds in bottom of washer even when none is placed in dispens


    Rum a packet of unsweetened limenade koolade or other brand of unsweeted lemonade or limade through it the citrus will clean it up way better than viniger. Its been in my list of tricks for years, sorry you had not seen it yet. Good luck!

    Jul 15, 2010 | Whirlpool GU2400XTP Built-in Dishwasher

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