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How do you clean calcium deposits out of the dishwasher? Thanks, Rachel
Home Organizing & Cleaning / 6:21 PM - Monday May 04, 2009

How do you clean calcium deposits out of the dishwasher? Thanks, Rachel

Our dishwasher has a white film all over on the inside and our dishes just do not seem to be clean.

- Asked by Female, 29-35

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I saw an ad for something that is made to do just that. I'd look onthe asile where the DW soap is.

- Response by singledad281, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Houston, Hospitality

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They sell a cleaner in the supermarket called CLR. It works great on calcium deposits.

- Response by myndseye711, A New Mom, Female, 29-35

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Try running vinegar through a hot cycle! Also, Jetdry is supposed to help with this!

- Response by lam0366, Female, 46-55, Administrative

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I believe Jet Dry makes a dishwasher cleaner that you put in and run the dishwasher while it is empty.

- Response by cleverscreenname, Female, 36-45

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- Response by j3s5e, A Rebel, Male, 29-35, Who Cares?

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Try running the dishwasher with a couple oz. of CLR instead of detergent.

- Response by lacey07, Female, Who Cares?, Other Profession

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Try running it with CLR- the calcium lime rust stuff.
That stuff will take any sort of minera deposits out.

- Response by smizzle, Female, 29-35, Student

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- Response by movi, A Guy Critical, Male, 56-65, Administrative

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What you describe is called Etching. This is caused by the products you currently use and it has built up over time.

Run your dishwasher through a regular cycle with a half bottle white vinegar - just pour it in and turn it on. When it comes to the drying cycle, make it cold dry or open up the dishwasher to air dry out.

Using a phosphate free dishwasher detergent such as Melaleuca's Diamond Brite Gel or Amway Global's Dish Drops Dishwasher powder will help keep that deposit from forming and leave your dishes shining every time. Both are phosphate free and both are economically concentrated and cost less per use than what you buy in the stores.

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- Response by greenteamorg, An Environmentalist, Female, 56-65, Consulting

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