Put Soda Crystals in the Dishwasher by mistake?
If you have, don't worry, you aren't the first and you certainly won't be the last.
Dishwashers use a special granular salt to soften the water. It works via an ion-exchange process and salt doesn't actually enter the wash chamber. Here is some more information about how a dishwasher water softener works. Salt action tablets DO NOT replace the need for salt in the softener and some manufacturers may void your warranty if you don't use dishwasher salt.
It's possible to mistake your bag of dishwasher salt for your bag of Soda Crystals....so what should you do if you have filled up the reservoir with Soda Crystals instead of salt?
How to remove Soda Crystals from the salt reservoir
- If you've filled the reservoir to the top you may be able to scoop a fair amount of the crystals (why not put them down the sink to help keep it fresh?).
- Once you've manually removed as much as you can, boil a full kettle of water and pour it into the reservoir; the hot water will dissolve the Soda Crystals and displace them in solution.
- Fill the reservoir with Dishwasher Salt and run an empty wash to remove the Soda Crystals residue.
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