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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Mailbag: Removing Mineral Deposits from a Dishwasher

girlscout wrote:

oh holiest of appliance repair men. i have searched thru your infinite wisdom and found no answer for this do i clean mineral deposits that have accumulated in my DW? (well water) . i read your advice to test the hardness and if too hard, get a water softener. oh, and what IS life?

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Fun Fact to Know and Tell: white vinegar dissolves mineral deposits. Can we apply this Fun Fact to your dishwasher? Let's find out!

You can try this exciting experiment at home, it's fun for the whole family! Start the dishwasher (without any detergent or dishes) and let it fill with water. Once it starts spraying, open the dishwasher door and remove a quart of water from the basin and add a quart of white vinegar. Close the door and let the dishwasher run through the cycle. When the dishwasher stops, open the door and... well, I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you take a deep whiff, you'll find out what life is.

P.S. -- For a less exciting version of this experiment, you could use citric acid crystals instead of white vinegar. But then, you wouldn't find out what life is.

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2005 11:12 PM  

What the hell does this have to do with mineral deposits in a dishwasher?

By Blogger Samurai Appliance Repair Man, at March 06, 2005 4:22 AM  

Does it have to be White vinegar?
All we have here is White wine Vinagar

By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 25, 2005 1:13 PM  

Cider vinegar will do fine as long as you don't object to the smell for a few wash cycles.

By Blogger Samurai Appliance Repair Man, at December 25, 2005 4:47 PM  

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