How to unclog dishwasher

by craftmin | February 20, 2018

Lime is a not to be underestimated danger for dishwashers, therefore you should descale the dishwasher. Due to the relatively high operating temperatures and average very hard water in German households, limescale deposits are strongly favoured.

For the dishwashers, this is not so good, because performance is reduced and energy consumption can increase. And another unattractive effect, the lime stains, on dishes, glasses and cutlery.

Unclog dishwasher with vinegar essence

How to decalcify the dishwasher with vinegar essence: Simply tilt 2 cups of vinegar essence into the interior of the machine. If possible, distribute when tipping over. Lemon essence is also possible. Then run the normal program (65 degrees). The pre-rinse cycle is not required, if possible switch it off.

Attention! Fill in the essence approx. 15 minutes after starting the program.

With vinegar essence you can descale the dishwasher, safely, sustainably and cheaply. SURIG protects the materials of the machine.

How often should the dishwasher be uncloged?

Simply observe the heating rod of your machine. If this is free of visible limescale deposits, descaling is not yet necessary. All in all, you should descale your dishwasher at least once a year, preferably up to three times a year.

Descaling the dishwasher properly

In general, descaling should always be carried out without dishes. Use a simple descaler as described and shown above. These acids dissolve the lime. In any case, a look at the manufacturer’s operating instructions will help you. There you can see which descaler is recommended.

Dishwasher descaling made easy

Dishwashers are household appliances that are very susceptible to calcification. This is because they heat water for the cleaning process of your dishes. Generally speaking, the hotter an area of equipment is, the more susceptible it is to calcification. This is also the reason why your dishwasher’s heating elements are particularly vulnerable and quickly calcified without maintenance. If the water you use to run your dishwasher is particularly hard, it increases your susceptibility to calcification.

To avoid considerable damage, you should prevent it and descale your dishwasher regularly. This is definitely cheaper than an expensive repair or the purchase of a new device. A positive side effect is that you also allow your machine to be thoroughly cleaned in the dishwasher. We will help you to do this by explaining the various methods and procedures for decalcifying your dishwasher and giving you further tips on decalcifying your dishwasher:

Special products for dishwasher descaling

Various special products for dishwasher descaling are available in supermarkets and drugstores near you. You can also order them easily and quickly on the Internet. The use of these descaling agents is often very uncomplicated and does not take much time. They are usually liquid and are used in an empty dishwasher with a wash cycle of around 60 degrees Celsius. Afterwards you can wash dishes with your now decalcified dish washer.

Often you can also put some of the cleaner directly on a cloth and pre-treat lime stains in the dishwasher and on the seals before running through the program. Since there are many products from different manufacturers, we strongly recommend that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging.

De-scale household detergent for dishwasher: Acetic or citric acid

If you prefer to use natural household remedies for your dishwasher, you can also use acetic or citric acid. You can also use it to decalcify other household appliances and not just the dishwasher.

To descale the dishwasher, you will need about 8-10 tablespoons of acetic or citric acid. It is also important that your machine is emptied. Then put either the acetic or citric acid in your dishwasher and let it pass through with the intensive program. But beware: do not use a pre-rinse program. If the intensive program of your device only runs with a pre-rinse program, wait until the pre-rinse program is finished. Then open the machine and add the acetic or citric acid. After the intensive programme has ended with the addition of acetic or citric acid, your dishwasher is descaled and immediately ready for use again.

You can also pre-treat lime stains when using acetic or citric acid. Bring a little water to the boil and add one tablespoon of vinegar essence or citric acid per litre of water. Let it cool down a bit and then put it on a cloth and just wipe off the affected areas.

What you should know about the dishwasher

In principle, every dishwasher has a water softening system, otherwise the dishwashing performance of the machine would be significantly worse. Without such a water softener, the formation of lime in the hot rinse water would also lead to unsightly lime deposits on the cleaned dishes. These would be particularly visible on glass and metal parts. And you certainly don’t want to have that…

But – not that we misunderstand each other – despite the water softening system of your dishwasher, the regular dishwasher is important. After all, the system can’t do everything, especially with very hard water. Normally, it is sufficient to descale your dishwasher twice a year. If your device calcifies more often, you should look for the cause to avoid considerable damage to your device. Incidentally, it can also be a sign of calcification if your machine no longer heats properly, i. e. the dishes are still very moist after a wash. By then at the latest, you should urgently descale your dishwasher and search for the cause and fix it immediately in order to prevent further and significantly more expensive damage. Possible causes may be lack of dishwasher salt or a wrong decalcification setting, which must be adapted to the hardness of the water in your home.

Check the salt tray

The use of dishwasher salt is important for the “descaling function” built into the machine. This special salt (no normal household salt!) ensures that your dishwasher will soften the water and produce less lime.
So if your machine calcifies unusually hard, this may be because the dishwasher salt is gone. If your machine has a pilot light for this, check it and refill with salt if necessary. If you are not sure if your device has a pilot light and what it looks like, see your manual. If your dishwasher does not have a pilot light, look directly in the machine in the salt compartment. In case no salt is visible, fill it up according to the instructions and dosage recommendations. A little hint: Don’t rely blindly on your control display, it can also be broken. Look, if you’re unsure, even if you’re in the salt compartment.

Another possibility could be the use of so-called multitabs, which replace dishwasher salt. In case of hard to very hard water, it is better to use the special salt, as the Multitabs are not able to prevent the formation of lime in such cases.

Check the descaling setting

On most machines, you can set the water hardness to adjust the degree of decalcification. You should always keep this in mind when making a new purchase or after moving. If you don’t know the hardness of the water, you can ask the local waterworks. It is very important to adjust the machine correctly to the water hardness so that the dishwasher does not need to be descaled too often.

De-scaling the dishwasher: little effort, lots of benefits

You see, the dishwasher isn’t that expensive. To this end, the
You can extend the life of your device and prevent expensive repairs. So always remember: regularly descale the dishwasher. After all, once the dishwasher is broken, it means buying a new dishwasher for a lot of money or washing it by hand!

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