How often do I put salt in my dishwasher

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Posted 11th Jun 2018
I’m not too sure about how often I need to put in salt for my dishwasher.
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mutley123 m ago

The dishwasher tablets already fits this function I …The dishwasher tablets already fits this function I findblog.vzug.com/en/general/do-you-need-additional-salt-and-rinse-aid-as-well-as-dishwasher-tablets/


I just laughed like mutley you linked a artical saying in short you need salt and rinse aid. Which was going against the grain of what you was trying to say. Thanks mutley made my day that.
Mine needs topping up every 3-4 months, dishwasher used every day, for the sake of £1 a box/bag just bung some in when you clean the filters etc.
It's not just about how the dishes come out, it's also to prevent limescale build up.
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Top it up and keep it topped up
When the S light comes on.
I don't bother putting salt in my dishwasher at all and find it still works fine
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mutley111/06/2018 20:02

I don't bother putting salt in my dishwasher at all and find it still …I don't bother putting salt in my dishwasher at all and find it still works fine


bet it stinks up the dishes
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mutley15 m ago

I don't bother putting salt in my dishwasher at all and find it still …I don't bother putting salt in my dishwasher at all and find it still works fine


bet it stinks up the dishes
I also find it is not necessay.
deleted141029711/06/2018 20:07

bet it stinks up the dishes


No. I used to put salt in as directed in the instructions, but then I got laxed and found that it made no difference, so now I don't bother any more.
It's not just about how the dishes come out, it's also to prevent limescale build up.
Never put salt in my dishwasher, hoover branded and nearly 20 years old, run it on the cheapest tablets I can find, normally Asda smartprice. Was Tesco value but they nolonger sell them.
mutley111/06/2018 20:30

The dishwasher tablets already fits this function I …The dishwasher tablets already fits this function I findblog.vzug.com/en/general/do-you-need-additional-salt-and-rinse-aid-as-well-as-dishwasher-tablets/



Did you actually read that?.
Edited by: "ScubaDudes" 11th Jun 2018
I always get what looks like dried dirt on the bottom of my cups if I don't put salt when the salt light comes on. My issue is I don't know how much and the manual doesn't say so I just fill the whole cavity. The cavity is filled with water though so I have to shove something thick in there too displace the water first. I put about 500grams every three weeks and we have a full cycle daily.
SOUTHWALES11/06/2018 20:38

Never put salt in my dishwasher, hoover branded and nearly 20 years old, …Never put salt in my dishwasher, hoover branded and nearly 20 years old, run it on the cheapest tablets I can find, normally Asda smartprice. Was Tesco value but they nolonger sell them.


Soft or hard water area?
mutley123 m ago

The dishwasher tablets already fits this function I …The dishwasher tablets already fits this function I findblog.vzug.com/en/general/do-you-need-additional-salt-and-rinse-aid-as-well-as-dishwasher-tablets/


I just laughed like mutley you linked a artical saying in short you need salt and rinse aid. Which was going against the grain of what you was trying to say. Thanks mutley made my day that.
chocci8 m ago

Soft or hard water area?


I would say medium.
ScubaDudes28 m ago

Did you actually read that?.


Yes. But i only agree with the first bit of the article, which states that all in one tablets removes the need for salt. I dont agree with the final statement.

Perhaps i should find a better link
Better link here. It states no need if you use all in one tablets unless you are in very hard water area. We live in surrey and i find i dont need salt in the dishwasher.

finish.co.uk/fre…ns/
Mine needs topping up every 3-4 months, dishwasher used every day, for the sake of £1 a box/bag just bung some in when you clean the filters etc.
I use all in one tablets. Have never put salt in
MadeDixonsCry4 h, 7 m ago

I always get what looks like dried dirt on the bottom of my cups if I …I always get what looks like dried dirt on the bottom of my cups if I don't put salt when the salt light comes on. My issue is I don't know how much and the manual doesn't say so I just fill the whole cavity. The cavity is filled with water though so I have to shove something thick in there too displace the water first. I put about 500grams every three weeks and we have a full cycle daily.


My Bosch takes 1.5kg of salt, or maybe slightly over, which lasts a few months with the softener on the maximum '3' setting (water here is very hard) and using the machine about 4 times a week. Just need to pour it in gently and the dishwasher salt granules sink to the bottom and the water runs out the top.


I usually buy all in one tablets because they contain more effective washing ingredients, but I consider the all-in-one aspect a bit of a gimmick, if it runs out of salt and I don't top it up then it doesn't clean properly, if I don't use rinse aid it doesn't dry as well. I used to get better results with Sun dishwasher powder, before they stopped selling it.
Edited by: "melted" 12th Jun 2018
Ooo I love a good guessing game! Uhhh is the answer: Never, you don't have a dishwasher. ?
Ooo I do hope there's a prize !
mutley111/06/2018 21:16

Better link here. It states no need if you use all in one tablets unless …Better link here. It states no need if you use all in one tablets unless you are in very hard water area. We live in surrey and i find i dont need salt in the dishwasher.https://www.finish.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/


You live in a hard water area so expect limescale build up and eventual failure of your dishwasher. Salt costs about £3 per year!
chocci12/06/2018 06:03

You live in a hard water area so expect limescale build up and eventual …You live in a hard water area so expect limescale build up and eventual failure of your dishwasher. Salt costs about £3 per year!


i haven't used salt for a few years now and the dishwasher is still going. by the time it packs up, it is time to get a new one any way so no harm done.

it is not about the cost. it is a nuisance adding the salt.
mutley14 h, 7 m ago

i haven't used salt for a few years now and the dishwasher is still going. …i haven't used salt for a few years now and the dishwasher is still going. by the time it packs up, it is time to get a new one any way so no harm done.it is not about the cost. it is a nuisance adding the salt.



Probably too late now anyway, as I think that the water softener unit would be the first thing to stop working due to its ion exchange resin getting coated by limescale, although citric acid might work to clean it up.
Edited by: "melted" 12th Jun 2018
When it tells you to
you dont need salt in dishwashers as long as you are not in a very hard water area and use an all in one tablet, they include salt now and also rinse aid. adding it is just wasting money in most cases. Tablets have moved on from the day when they used to just clean.

Both the big manufacturers offer the same advice.

circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/…t-2


finish.co.uk/fre…ns/
Edited by: "eslick" 12th Jun 2018
mutley112/06/2018 10:30

i haven't used salt for a few years now and the dishwasher is still going. …i haven't used salt for a few years now and the dishwasher is still going. by the time it packs up, it is time to get a new one any way so no harm done.it is not about the cost. it is a nuisance adding the salt.


Come back when your dishwasher is 15 years old like mine and never had a problem (beko)

I agree that the 10 second job of adding the salt every 4 months is such a nuisance lol
chocci13/06/2018 05:42

Come back when your dishwasher is 15 years old like mine and never had a …Come back when your dishwasher is 15 years old like mine and never had a problem (beko) I agree that the 10 second job of adding the salt every 4 months is such a nuisance lol


i don't expect dishwasher or washing machines to last more than 5 years, especially these days when white goods are not built to last, so i tend to get them replaced after 5 years anyway if not before.

i would say adding salt is more like a 20 minute job for me as i get the blooming salt every where and then have to spend time cleaning the spillage! you can't add the salt quickly, you have to wait for the salt to settle before adding more as you are adding salt to a water reservoir, so if you put too much in, the salt spills everywhere into the dishwasher.
mutley113/06/2018 09:25

i don't expect dishwasher or washing machines to last more than 5 years, …i don't expect dishwasher or washing machines to last more than 5 years, especially these days when white goods are not built to last, so i tend to get them replaced after 5 years anyway if not before.i would say adding salt is more like a 20 minute job for me as i get the blooming salt every where and then have to spend time cleaning the spillage! you can't add the salt quickly, you have to wait for the salt to settle before adding more as you are adding salt to a water reservoir, so if you put too much in, the salt spills everywhere into the dishwasher.


For someone so tight, I'm amazed you replace white goods every 5 years regardless of whether they need replacing

Takes me 20 seconds every 4 months to top up my dishwashers salt reservoir using the supplied funnel and costs me about 50p. Far cheaper than replacing the dishwasher every 5 years


Just get one of your staff to do it for you.
Edited by: "chocci" 13th Jun 2018
chocci13/06/2018 09:33

For someone so tight, I'm amazed you replace white goods every 5 years …For someone so tight, I'm amazed you replace white goods every 5 years regardless of whether they need replacingTakes me 20 seconds every 4 months to top up my dishwashers salt reservoir using the supplied funnel and costs me about 50p. Far cheaper than replacing the dishwasher every 5 years ;)Just get one of your staff to do it for you.


i am careful with money but i do like new things and i am prepared to spend money where i think it is of benefit to me, so for certain things, i don't mind paying a lot of money for. i don't replace the dishwasher before it breaks but i am quite happy when it does if it occurs after 5 years as it means i can have a new one.

i don't use the funnel as then i can't see the salt so i just pour the salt out directly from the bag into the reservoir.
Once a year if she's not got an headache!
mutley113/06/2018 09:40

i am careful with money but i do like new things and i am prepared to …i am careful with money but i do like new things and i am prepared to spend money where i think it is of benefit to me, so for certain things, i don't mind paying a lot of money for. i don't replace the dishwasher before it breaks but i am quite happy when it does if it occurs after 5 years as it means i can have a new one.i don't use the funnel as then i can't see the salt so i just pour the salt out directly from the bag into the reservoir.


So you do use salt, Make your mind up!
.MUFC.13/06/2018 09:44

So you do use salt, Make your mind up!


you haven't read all my posts. i used to do so as instructed in the user manual but i got fed up doing it as it was such a task. i found the dishwasher still cleans the dishes fine without the salt and i found the spilled salt started to create rust in the dishwasher where it had spilled out of the reservoir, so now i don't use salt any more.
mutley13 h, 30 m ago

you haven't read all my posts. i used to do so as instructed in the user …you haven't read all my posts. i used to do so as instructed in the user manual but i got fed up doing it as it was such a task. i found the dishwasher still cleans the dishes fine without the salt and i found the spilled salt started to create rust in the dishwasher where it had spilled out of the reservoir, so now i don't use salt any more.


I have read your comments

"i don't use the funnel as then i can't see the salt so i just pour the salt out directly from the bag into the reservoir."


That implies you do. The use of English is important


"I didn't use the funnel as I could not see the salt, so I just used to pour the salt out directly from the bag into the reservoir."
mutley113/06/2018 09:58

you haven't read all my posts. i used to do so as instructed in the user …you haven't read all my posts. i used to do so as instructed in the user manual but i got fed up doing it as it was such a task. i found the dishwasher still cleans the dishes fine without the salt and i found the spilled salt started to create rust in the dishwasher where it had spilled out of the reservoir, so now i don't use salt any more.



the salt is more to prevent limescale build up, especially in hard water areas (like Surrey!). Hardly surprising you have to replace your white goods every 5 years

I guess you don't bother with kettle & washing machine descaling either

my dishwasher is 15 years old and washing machine is 20 years old (both look like new so getting new ones every 5 years would be a complete waste of money )
chocci13/06/2018 14:00

the salt is more to prevent limescale build up, especially in hard water …the salt is more to prevent limescale build up, especially in hard water areas (like Surrey!). Hardly surprising you have to replace your white goods every 5 years I guess you don't bother with kettle & washing machine descaling eithermy dishwasher is 15 years old and washing machine is 20 years old (both look like new so getting new ones every 5 years would be a complete waste of money )


I didn't know the salt was for descaling. I thought it was for helping cleaning the dishes. I don't bother with descaling the washing machine and I just throw the kettle out when it gets too much limescale
mutley11 h, 41 m ago

I didn't know the salt was for descaling.



Should have read the thread
Anyway, yet again a hit and run op. Charming!
This link was pretty helpful to me. Had the same question how much & how often ... wikihow.com/Use…alt
MadeDixonsCry11/06/2018 20:45

I always get what looks like dried dirt on the bottom of my cups if I …I always get what looks like dried dirt on the bottom of my cups if I don't put salt when the salt light comes on. My issue is I don't know how much and the manual doesn't say so I just fill the whole cavity. The cavity is filled with water though so I have to shove something thick in there too displace the water first. I put about 500grams every three weeks and we have a full cycle daily.


The cavity is supposed to be filled with water yeah? So do you take the water out and then funnel the salt in?
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