“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dishwasher Salt / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I have never used anything in my dishwasher other that Tesco salt granules and why should I? They work - they work really well and I have never had any problems with them. In fact the only problem I have with them is that they are usually situated on the bottom shelf, not always well stocked and I have to bend down to pick them up. My back is at times dodgy and they can be quite heavy. That is of course a small gripe. I am sure that there are other dishwasher salts on the market that are far more expensive than these, but this is probably a very good example where you don't have to pay anymore to get a good quality product. Salt is salt. I know that some dishwasher tablets now make claims that you don't need to use salt in your machine anymore but I wish someone would tell my machine that when it asks for it. I do find salt is essential in our area to soften the water and make the tablet work far more effectively so I do have to buy it. I find that one of these packets lasts a really long time though so it does work out to be quite economical and if it prevents the machine from needing maintenance and helps it run more efficiently then then this is surely a small price to pay for keeping your dishwasher running. It looks expensive, but I still find it cheaper and easier to run my dishwasher than it is to hand wash.
I find it astonishing how much crockery and pots and pans the two of us get through at home as our dishwasher is on probably every other day. When I see how full it gets I thank goodness that I don't have to wash everything up by hand anymore.
As well as the obvious tablets a dishwasher will not work properly without salt and rinse aid. As I buy the majority of my shopping from Tesco I usually pick up a packet of these Tesco Dishwasher Salts which are currently £1.60 for a 3kg packet. This is considerably cheaper than other leading brands and in my opinion there is no difference at all.
Our dishwasher will alert you when the salt needs topping up and I will unscrew the cap and pour the salt in until you can see it near the surface. Quite often some of the salt does miss the hole but this will disappear the next time you use the dishwasher. I used to use a funnel to do this but now for quickness just pour it in.
The packet is plastic and dark blue with white lettering. I will use scissors to cut across one of the corners about two inches long and then when I have finished I will use a peg to secure it until the next time as it does tend to come out easily if you move it around. When I use the bag for the first time it is quite heavy so I have to use two hands to guide it towards the right direction but it obviously gets lighter the more you use it. I would say that on average a 3kg bag lasts me about six to eight times but obviously if you have a smaller dishwasher or not put so much in this would increase. I have never experienced the salt crystals sticking or clumping together and they always pour out freely.
I think that this salt does as good a job as more expensive salts and I can't think of any reason why I would pay more for an everyday product than I needed to. Everything that comes out of my dishwasher is always shiny and clean, especially the glasses and cutlery. I can tell when it will soon be time to top up the salt as I notice that things are starting to look a bit dull and don't have their normal shiny appearance.
I would recommend this salt as it does the same as other brands. I would say that if you are looking to down brand on some items to save money start with this one and you won't notice the difference
I love the ease of a dishwasher. Load it up and put it on and let it do the hard work - no need to spend hours at the sink washing the dishes. But in order to keep it running smoothly and ensure that the result is clean glasses, plates, cutlery etc it is essential that the dishwasher is maintained well. Part of this is ensuring that the salt levels are kept topped up. This helps to ensure that water is softened and
Now, if there is a non-branded product that can do a job as well as a branded version, I am all for it. And, as far as I am concerned, salt is pretty much salt so I always opt for a cheap variety of salt for the dishwasher. I usually add this dishwasher salt to my shop - at 3kg a bag it is pretty heavy to cart around so I ideally add to my internet shop! It costs £1.70 for the bag. The bag is basic - a blue sealed plastic bag that needs to be cut to open it. It is tough and resilient and holds the salt well without splitting, however there is no reseal option so it can be difficult to store once open. I often find that it splits easily and salt does come out - which can be very messy.
It is also quite difficult to pour from, especially when full as it is very heavy and not easy to direct the flow. This is especially difficult when the compartment this needs to go in is located at the bottom of the dishwasher! However, as the bag becomes lighter it becomes easier. The salt itself comes in small granules and I use a funnel to help direct them to the right place. As far as the wash cycle goes, this seems to do a good job. It helps keep my dishwasher producing clean, non-cloudy glasses etc and lasts pretty well too. A bag of this usually tops my dishwasher up 6 or 7 times (although obviously this depends on size & quality of the dishwasher!) so it does work out pretty good value too.
Overall, does a good job at a good price - I will certainly keep on buying it!
When we first moved into our house we bought some of the appliances from the owners. (We rented the house for 6 months until we could secure a mortgage). The appliances we bought were a fridge/freezer, a hideous brown oven and a dishwasher. A dishwasher was a massive novelty in the beginning and I fell for the con that is only buying branded dishwasher tablets, salt and rinse aid. WHY?! I look now and think of all the money I wasted! Eventually I saw sense and tried a few Supermarket branded products and even value and have never looked back!
-- Introduction --
Sometimes it seems that all these extra items you need for the dishwasher are a waste of money but they do serve a purpose. (So I have been told!) Dishwasher salt is meant to stop lime scale from building up in your machine and also helps to soften the water to make it clean your dishes and glasses better.
-- The Packaging --
The packaging for this dishwasher salt isn't very exciting, but its cheap and does its job so that's fine by me! It is dark blue plastic with 'Tesco Salt Granules' written on it with white lettering.' It has a picture of a shiny wine glass too. The only thing which irritates me is the mess this product makes (or it could be just me!). I cut a corner off the bag so I can pour the granules out and usually close it again using a peg, which normally comes off somehow and leaves a mess in the cupboard.
-- The Product and Ease of Use --
This is very easy and simple to use. Simply pour the required amount of granules into your dishwasher. (I just normally pour into the funnel until no more will go in).
-- Price and Availability --
This is obviously available from Tesco Supermarkets and their online delivery service as it is a Tesco branded product. The last time I checked this costs £1.30 for a 3kg bag compared to Finish Dishwasher salt which is £1.40 for a 2kg bag.
-- Overall Summary --
This is a great product at a great price. This is one of those products which doesn't seem to make a difference whether you use a branded version or a supermarket own. I would recommend this and just wish I'd started buying it before!
Thanks for reading.
This is a review of the Tesco Dishwasher Salt Granules which we bought recently to add to the ever growing stock of accessories our dishwasher uses. It's not cheap running a dishwasher; you need the tablets to clean with each time, rinse aid, salt and to run a cleaner through the dishwasher every few months.
The Tesco own brand salt comes in a 3kg bag which is rather large and cumbersome to lug home from the supermarket but it will last a long time. It is packaged in a thick plastic bag which you need to cut to open. Once open it will spill, with no doubt so I decant mine into a pourable Tupperware container to prevent spillage.
What does it do?
To me, salt for dishwashers is a bit of a mysterious thing, but I am reliably informed by my husband that it helps to break down hard water and will improve the cleaning performance of the dishwasher, also preventing limescale in the machine.
I paid £1.49 for this salt which compares favourably to the other salts on the market. Strangely, it doesn't seem that this is something you can buy online, only in the actual shops although it is listed on the website as a Tesco product. I guess it is too heavy for the price to be transported via home shopping? (I may be wrong about this).
I really don't see the point in buying premium brands and paying high prices for something as unglamorous as dishwasher salt. It's something that we need to have according to the insistent light that comes on the dishwasher when the salt is empty. I did buy some 5 in one tablets that claimed to include the salt in them but the dishwasher certainly didn't recognise this so we ended up doubling up anyway!
This stuff is really messy, being packaged in bags and can make a big mess in the kitchen cupboard. Our salt loads in to the base of the machine and you just pour it in to a hole until it backs up and you can't fit any more in. It takes a surprising amount to fill up the dishwasher but the 3kg bag will still last ages. As it is a bit awkward to fill, we use a pouring Tupperware container to store the product in the cupboard but I am not sure this helps with the actual filling of the machine but in addition to this, I would be unwilling to pay much more for this product even if it had better packaging so the plastic bag seems to be pretty much standard across the board.