How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Dishwashers

How to remove hard water stains from dishwashers


You may have heard of hard water in relation to the area that you live in. Having hard water can be an inconvenience in that it tends to cause spots on glass and surfaces, as well as causing a build-up in your dishwasher that can be difficult to remove by hand. So, what is it exactly that we need to do to clean hard water build up and deposits in the dishwasher?


What is hard water?


In some areas, the water that comes out of your tap has travelled through deposits of limestone and chalk, which are made up of carbonates. Soft water contains low traces of these compounds, whereas hard water comprises of relatively high levels of calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals. There is no health risk associated with this, but as mentioned, it can lead to hard water stains and limescale build up, as well as a reduction in your dishwashing detergent’s efficiency.


How to get rid of hard water stains in dishwasher


In your dishwasher, hard water can have two results: cloudy glasses, and limescale build up. To get rid of hard water build up or deposits in dishwashers, there are a few simple solutions that you can use:


Finish Quantum Fresh


As dishwasher detergents can be less effective in hard water, you need something that is specifically designed to take on this task. Our I Its formula targets limescale build-up that can cause irreversible clouding and corrosion of the glasses.


Finish Jet-Dry


You can use Finish Quantum Jet-Dry rinsing agent to tackle the water spots and film that come with hard-water stains for sparkling dishes, glasses and utensils in the following steps:


Step 1: Check whether your dishwasher has a built-in liquid rinse aid dispenser, which is usually located near the detergent cup(s).

Step 2: Fill your rinse aid dispenser with Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid and wipe up any spilled product.

Step 3: Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid is automatically released in the rinse cycle every time your dishwasher runs.

Step 4: Repeat this process monthly for the best results.



Finish Dishwasher Cleaner

Finish Dishwasher Cleaner can help you avoid limescale deposits in the dishwasher and on dishes. Simply follow these five steps:

Step 1: Ensure that your machine is empty and does not contain any other soap or detergent.

Step 2: Remove the sticker from the top of the bottle (but keep the lid on) and place it upside down in a secure position.

Step 3: Close the door and set the machine on its hottest cycle, which will melt the wax layer away and release the contents of the bottle.

Step 4: Once the cycle is finished, remove the bottle and recycle it – your dishwasher will be at its optimal efficiency.

Step 5: Repeat once a month after initial use.


The removal of hard water stains is an important step in dishwasher maintenance. This will allow for your dishes and glasses to come out sparkling and your dishwasher to be maintained in the best shape possible.