Are all of the dishes clean? Are they sort of clean? Or are they just plain dirty? Water spots from the dishwasher are frustrating. Not only do they make it look as though your dishes aren’t clean, they can make you wonder if your dishwasher is even working like it should. If you have water spots or film on your dishes after completing a cycle, before you go ahead and replace your dishwasher, try a rinse aid solvent. It just might be the solution to your water spot troubles.
1. Do I Need A Rinse Aid?
If you’ve never even heard of a rinse aid solution before, you might be reluctant to try one. Truth be told, a lot of people don’t use them at all. That’s also why a lot of people have some pretty spotty dishes, and why a lot of people are convinced that their dishwasher doesn’t work as well as they’d hoped it would. So, here’s the bottom line, if you regularly see water spots or filmy residue on your dishes after completing a cycle then you should definitely consider using a rinse aid.
2. What Exactly Does A Rinse Aid Do?
It’s a question for the ages! Okay, not really. However, the answer is a little bit more convoluted than it probably needs to be. You see, rinse aids should probably be renamed “drying aids.” That’s because they actually help your dishes dry faster. Premium rinse aids contain surfactants, which lower the surface tension of water. What that means, is that instead of forming droplets and clinging to surfaces, the water just rolls right off your dishes. No water, no spots. It’s actually pretty simple when you think about it. Though why they weren’t just called “drying aids” to begin with probably raises more questions than anyone has time to contemplate.
3. How Do I Use A Rinse Aid?
It’s not difficult at all. Actually, using a rinse aid is just as easy as using detergent. In fact, you pretty much use a rinse aid the exact same way. Rinse aid dispensers are conveniently located on or next to your dishwasher’s detergent dispenser. Just fill the chamber to the maximum level, close it, and begin your cycle. The rinse aid will automatically dispense during the final rinse cycle. That’s it. That’s all the extra time and effort using a rinse aid requires.
4. Still See Something On Your Dishes?
If so, there’s no need to panic. Just check to see if your dishwasher comes with dispenser settings. Many of them do. If cloudy spots, streaks or water marks still exist after a cycle, try increasing the dispenser setting. If you notice smears of foam, select a lower dispenser setting. It may take a couple of cycles to learn the correct amount of rinse aid to use, but you’ll get it right. If after trying a rinse aid a few times you still see water spots or filmy residue on your dishes, refer to your dishwasher’s owner’s manual.
That was a spot-on tutorial with a spot-off solution. We recommend refilling your rinse aid dispenser once a month to make sure you get squeaky clean, spot-free dishes.