Author Topic: What removes baked on soap/calcium from dishwasher  (Read 3181 times)

Offline Rick52768

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What removes baked on soap/calcium from dishwasher
« on: November 06, 2009, 11:45:31 AM »
I am talking about the hard, calcium like residue from the soap dispenser area as there was a problem and the soap just slowly drained down the door and its the rinse cycle did not clean it, but the drying cycle drained it.  Any ideas.

Btw, how can you keep the soap fresh if you can also program the dishwasher to come on during the middle of the night?  As my manual states to put the soap in the dispenser just before it runs.

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Re: What removes baked on soap/calcium from dishwasher
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 04:49:24 PM »
The first rule is to never use gel soaps!

If you use the tablets, which are superior in every way, they can be dropped into the bottom of the tub without ever having to use the dispenser.

To get rid of the calcium buildup use Dishwasher Magic.
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Re: What removes baked on soap/calcium from dishwasher
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 06:35:29 PM »
Okay, heard that gel soaps suck but never had any issues with my old dishwasher. Why are they bad and can you give me your opinion on soap from best to worst. I have used glass magic before as we do have hard water in this area. Thanks

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Re: What removes baked on soap/calcium from dishwasher
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 07:11:36 PM »
Sorry don't have time to do a discertation for you on detergents. Just trying to give you an answer that I know works. Click the link above for my impressions on soaps and dishwasher  operation.

You may have a water volume issue at this point so the detergent problem is moot. Read the answer I provided to you on your other post, which should have been attached to this one.
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Re: What removes baked on soap/calcium from dishwasher
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009, 08:00:46 PM »
I always heard liquid detergent will make your dishwasher leak.
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