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I never had a dishwasher until twelve years ago and used to scoff at people who had one, thinking that it was a complete waste of money and that it took ages to clean. People used to say to me that as soon as I had one my opinion of them would change - and how right they were! This would definitely be one of the last things I would give up if I had to cut down on household appliances.
There are only the two of us at home now but as I don't hardly wash anything up it is probably on every other day and somehow it always seems to be full. I have used supermarkets own salt previously but having started to use Finish would never go back. I paid £1.60 from Tesco for this 2kg packet and think it is usually around this price. The Tesco own brand is 3kg and costs £1.70 so is slightly cheaper but is nowhere half as good as the Finish salt.
A small salt signal flashes on our dishwasher when it needs filling and you unscrew a cap on the floor of the dishwasher and pour the salt in to the tank. In the past I have had a funnel which does make it easier however this has been mislaid so I just pour it in until I can see it in the hole. Some salt does usually spill over the sides but this disappears as soon as you put it on.
The packet is plastic and mainly red and blue. I usually cut the end with scissors and either put a peg on it to secure or just roll the top over if I have used about half of it so it doesn't spill out. It tells you that it fights limescale and watermarks and that it is recommended by leading dishwasher manufacturers. It has a purity of 99.9% and is specially granulated for use in the dishwasher. It also helps to protect from stains and water marks that you can get in your glasses and dishes.
The salt crystals themselves are quite big in size, some of them up to about 2mm. They pour easily and I have never experienced them sticking together or clumping like ordinary salt does.
I can say that these do really work and together with Finish dishwasher tablets help to clean everything really well. They don't leave any water marks on anything and my glasses look as good as new. I can always tell before the warning signal appears that the salt is low when I notice that things are not coming out in the same shiny condition and will often top up before the light comes on. I think there has been only one or two occasions when I have ran out completely and have used the dishwasher, and although things are clean they certainly aren't shiny or look finished and you can really tell the difference.
I would definitely recommend this salt and for the small extra cost is well worth it compared to other brands.
When we bought our dishwasher a few months ago we were told that it needed salt to protect it and that once we had started using a particular brand of salt to not switch and use another one so as we started with Finish special salt this is the one we use now. The other day the little salt symbol flashed up on the dishwasher so we knew it was time to add some more. This is exactly what the Finish salt says too, "that other salts may contain impurities such as iron or carbonates that will damage the water softening unit. So, I know now not to use regular old table salt in my dishwasher!
So, what exactly does salt do for a dishwasher? Well, according to the package of Finish salt, "Hard water deposits can quickly reduce the efficiency of your dishwasher. Finish salt has a purity of 99.9% and is specially granulated for use in the dishwasher. Its purity ensures that your dishwasher's built in water softener works effectively protecting your dishwasher against limescale. It also helps to protect from stains and water marks that accumulate in your dishes and glassware."
The salt comes in a big plastic bag and looks just like the packaging for the Finish dishwasher tablets. The salt is easy to use. It says on the back that you are to use it following the manufacturers instructions for your machine. We have a cap at the bottom of our dishwasher which we just unscrew and then we also have a funnel that came with the dishwasher. We put the funnel in the hole and pour the bag of salt into the dishwasher and then run a short wash cycle. YOu can see that the salt crystals are fairly big, they look a bit like the rock salt crystals you get in fancy grinders.
My glasses always come put sparkling clean with no water marks on them whatsoever and not sign of limescale build up yet at all and its nice to know that going forward this salt will help to protect my machine and hopefully make it last longer.
A 2kg bag costs £1.50 in Sainsburys which you use each time you need to top up your machine. We probably topped up about 3 months ago so its not a very big expense to keep your machine functioning perfectly.
A dishwasher is something that I'd never be without - ever again. Even my husband agrees, years ago before we had a dishwasher I cooked the dinner, and he did the washing up. He always used to say, and still does, that I have the ability to use virtually every single pot, pan, and piece of cutlery just to make beans on toast. I think that I probably agree with him, as we have a full size dishwasher, there's only the two of us, and the dishwasher is on every single night. In fact some days it's on two or even three times if I've been baking that day.
Although having a dishwasher makes life easier i.e. no washing the pots, a dishwasher does require all sorts of products to go along with it; special salt, detergent - tablets powder or liquid, rinse aid, fresheners, cleaners, and protectors. Granted you don't need all of these products to run a dishwasher, but I would say that dishwasher salt is one product that you shouldn't do without, particularly if you live in a hard water area.
I always buy the Finish dishwasher Special Salt, as I normally buy all of my other dishwasher products from the Finish range. This comes in 2kg packets, and they typically cost around £1.50. We currently live in a soft water area and so a 2kg pack will last me around 8 months. However we've lived in an area with particularly hard water where I was getting through a 2kg pack every 2 months. So depending on how hard, or how soft the water in your area is then this will depend how much dishwasher salt you will get through - the harder the water in your area, the more dishwasher salt you will use.
You add dishwasher salt to your dishwasher to avoid limescale deposits on your dishes and in your dishwasher, as dishes should be washed with soft water. Dishwasher salt effectively softens your water to boost the cleaning performance of your detergent by preventing spots and watermarks on your dishes.
Dishwasher salt really does make a huge difference, especially in hard water areas. When we lived in a particularly hard water area, if the dishwasher low salt light came on and I then left it for a few days before I filled up the salt again then I noticed a massive difference in the cleanliness of my dishes, quite a large portion of them would have marks on, sometimes from food residue, sometimes watermarks and spots on glasses. As soon as I topped the dishwasher salt back up again then there was a marked improvement in the cleaning performance of the dishwasher, everything was clean and clear once again. I could also tell if the dishwasher was starting to run low on salt as I would occasionally start to notice watermarks and streaks, and residue on some dishes. So it would always come as no surprise when the dishwasher low salt light came on a few days later.
I don't notice this as much now that we live in a soft water area, and I do very rarely need to add salt to my dishwasher. I normally just top the salt up every few months anyway. I've never got to the stage where the low salt light has come on.
I'd definitely recommend Finish Special Salt. I have a Siemens dishwasher, and Siemens do recommend Finish products. I suspect that you can use Finish Special Salt in any brand of dishwasher though.
I have a dishwasher for 6 years now and I really love the idea o fit because I have more spare time I can spend with my kids instead of doing the washing up. As I cook every day I have to use the dishwasher 2-3 times a day. My own dishwasher is the smallest available but it is convenient for us because we are always out of space.
Why should we use salt in the dishwasher?
Everybody knows already about the hard water which must be softened otherwise the limescale will reduce the efficiency of the machines and finally they broke down. But in case of the dishwashers there is another thing. If you don't use salt it won't clean well your dishes. Once I ran out of salt and I had no chance to buy supply for 2 days. I used the dishwasher but the result was really awful. The salt is an addition to the dishwasher powder and together they are effective enough to clean the dishes and make them spotless. I use also rinse in my dishwasher because I like when the glasses are sparkling.
Finish Dishwasher salt
This salt comes in a strong plastic bag (earlier it used to be in a cardboard box) which has a really big Finish logo on it. Besides this you can se a sparkling glass on the bag. The salt is white and it consists of big granules. There is a container in your dishwasher where you can put the salt. You have to do it as it is written in the manual of the dishwasher. My dishwasher has a button inside of it and I can set the quantity of salt the machine uses. I turned this button on average (3 out of 5 on the scale) and it cleans everything clear. This way the salt lasts quite long.
I bought a pack of 2 kg in Tesco for 1.68 pounds. In Sainsbury's it has the same price.
I prefer to use dishwasher salt, dishwasher powder and rinse in my dishwasher instead of tablets. As my dishwasher is half sized the tablets are too big in it. Cutting the in two is not very comfortable for me, so it is convenient to use these 3 products individually. I think it is cheaper than tablets. I understand that there are people who like to drop in the dishwasher a tablet and everything is set but I prefer using them separately.
I use often my dishwasher because it is more effective than me. It uses only 9 litres of water for cleaning 12 plates and glasses. It is more hygienic then me because cleans on a higher temperature.
I have to admit that I tried Tesco's own brand salt and I found it very similar to this one but 3 kg of salt costs only 1.06 pounds so it is much cheaper. Since then I prefer using that one but I used Finish for more than 5 years.
If you stick to the branded salt you can use it with no doubt that it will work well. Highly recommended.
Finish Special Salt is guaranteed free from residues and is easily soluble / Its purity ensures that your dishwasher's built-in water softening unit works effectively to prevent spots and watermarks on your dishes / Other salts may contain impurities like iron and carbonates which will damage the water softening unit.