How to add dishwasher salt to your dishwasher

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If you don’t know what dishwasher salt is or how to put it in your dishwasher, we have the answers.

What is dishwasher salt?

Dishwasher salt is coarse sodium chloride. Chemically, it’s essentially the same as table salt—but you shouldn’t use table salt in its place. First off, dishwashing salt comes in larger chunks so it dissolves more slowly and won’t block any parts of the dishwasher. Second, table salt may contain other elements (such as magnesium) to prevent caking, which can affect your dishwasher’s operation.

What does dishwasher salt do?

Dishwasher salt helps soften the water used to clean your glasses and dishes. It prevents limescale deposits, keeps the inside of your dishwasher clean and protects it from clogging. If you notice your glasses becoming cloudy over time, this is a sign that you need to add more dishwasher salt.

How often should you refill your dishwasher salt?

Many dishwashers will warn you when it’s time to refill the dishwasher salt. This can be done via a flashing indicator light on the control panel. A float can also be built into the lid of the salt container. When it’s full you can see the float, but when it’s gone it’s time to refill.

If you don’t have a display in your dishwasher, set a monthly calendar reminder to refill your dishwasher salt. This is especially important if you live in a hard water area.

How to add dishwasher salt

Take out the lower basket to access the salt container in the softener unit. It is located at the bottom of the dishwasher and looks like a round plug with a screw cap.

Salt container cap

Unscrew the cap. The container should be filled with water. If not, take a jug of water and fill it until the water level reaches the top of the reservoir. You only have to do this once. After that, the reservoir should always contain water.

The salt container lid has been removed

Your dishwasher should have a funnel that attaches to the tank. Attach it before adding the dishwasher salt. If you can’t find the funnel, transfer your dishwasher salt to a jug and use this to fill it in neatly.

Filling the salt container from a jug

Pour in the dishwasher salt until the container is full. Different types of dishwashers have different sized containers, but you’ll likely find that they can hold a large amount of salt.

Wipe off excess salt with a damp cloth. The salt in the container won’t touch your dishes, but any salt you spill in the dishwasher can affect the next wash cycle. It could scratch glassware, for example. If you spill a lot of salt, you should run the dishwasher empty to make sure it’s clean before putting the dishes back in.

But first – screw the container lid back on and put the dish rack back in place.

Your dishwasher is ready for use.

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