How To Prevent Your Dishes From Becoming Cloudy In The Dishwasher
Raise your hand if your home has hard water! Even with a water softener, I’m always noticing hard water stains on our sinks, faucets, and dishes. Even when I run a cycle through the dishwasher, my dishes still come out cloudy and sometimes speckled with food. If you have a similar issue with your dishes, you’ll appreciate this tip.
The next time your dishwasher is ready to be started, place a bowl full of distilled vinegar on the top rack. Vinegar helps to eliminate those cloudy spots from your dishes, and also helps deliver a deeper clean. Just be sure to stick to the bowl method — running the vinegar directly through the detergent filter can damage the dishwasher’s gaskets and pipes.
According to CNET, there are a few other precautionary measures you should also consider taking. They suggest using a vinegar that is only 5% acetic acid, which is the lowest concentration of acid for a household vinegar. They also recommend having a water softener installed if hard water in your home is to blame for an abundance of white spots on your dishes.
You probably already knew that vinegar is an excellent cleaning and disinfecting agent for various surfaces throughout your home. Putting vinegar in with your laundry offers a ton of benefits, too! There’s pretty much nothing distilled vinegar can’t do (especially when combined with baking soda). Now that you know this simple tip, your dishes will have a fair shot at coming out crystal-clean.