I love when I can answer a reader’s cleaning questions! That’s why I’m here! This morning, I got an email from one of my readers, Jan. Here is what she had to say… “Do you have any remedies for sediment left on dishes after being washed in dish washer? Mainly on glasses, resembles sand. Thought it might be dishwasher soap, but sometimes it doesn’t happen & other times it does.” I totally understood her frustration, because this happened to me last year, and I was completely perplexed! That sandy looking debris is most likely caused my hard water…it’s lime sediment, and it can build up in the hoses of your dishwasher and leave specks on your dishes. It’s nothing to be overly worried about…I’ve lived with hard water in our home for years. There is a remedy…you can either buy some store bought dishwasher/disposal cleaner, or you can make your own! Here is my secret trick to Clean Your Dishwasher & Remove Hard Water Deposits!
If this is what your glasses look like when you take them out of the dishwasher, then hard water is probably your problem.
Here’s what you do..
Make a mixture of ¼ Cup of Baking Soda, ¼ Cup of Citric Acid (found in the canning section at your grocer), and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix well…
And dump it in your dishwasher. Start your dishwasher as normal and let it run for 2-5 minutes. Pause your cleaning cycle and let sit for at least 4 hours. Then resume the washing cycle and allow it to finish.
You are all set and should be able to wash your dishes without lime build up settling on your dishes. If you are still experiencing the build up problem, no worries. You should be able to unscrew a few screws at the bottom of your dishwasher and pull it out. Attached to the top or bottom of your dishwasher is a hose. Simply flush it with hot water a few times and get all of the sediment out! Your dishwasher should work like new!
Thanks to Jan for asking the question…if you have any questions or household tips that you would like to share, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!