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Old 01-08-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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You can thank the Govt for some of your problems. Many people are switching brands from the old Cascade.

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Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Problems | Dishwasher Detergent Guide

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From what we understand, Cascade has had to change their formula so that there are no phosphates. This is not by their choice as we see it but by laws being passed by individual states. The laws aim to keep phosphates out of anything that ends up in the waste water or any water that could end up in lakes. The phosphate makes the algae grow, which takes oxygen out of the water and supposedly suffocates aquatic life.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Soak it overnight in a concentrated mix of descaler and hot water. IF you cna agitate the water, it will work better. You can do it a second time if needed. Descaler is stronger than vinegar or regular "magic away" houshold products. You cna buy descaler at Home depot.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I will try all the above an report the results.

Thanks
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I will try all the above an report the results.

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One at a time I hope.

Be sure to rinse well. Some products will nto mix well with bealch based dish detergent.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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WD-40
For years WD-40 has been a popular lubricate for machinery, tools and ... lives
when it comes to hard water, lime deposits and calcium buildup
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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One at a time I hope.

Be sure to rinse well. Some products will nto mix well with bealch based dish detergent.
yes...one at a time.

BTW: I just ran the Lemi-shine. It did not work on cleaning the heating element.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:52 PM
 
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Make sure that the build-up is actual buildup and not some form of coating on the heati8ng elements that was discolored or oxidized and looked like calcium/lime build-up.

If it is build up, you may have to use a product like CLR or Lime-Away (and some hand scrubbing), but know that you will have to run the dishwasher with soap and baking soda several times to remove the residual smell and chemicals.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Florida
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You may end up spending more in products trying to clean it than you would if you just replace it (depending on your make & model)
If you get a new one,try for prevention.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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In another life i used to service commercial dish machines, so i have some experience with this issue. You want lime-a-way, nothing else. Dump in a cup & run a cycle with no other chemicals in the machine. Dont buy "ultra" lime a way, get the regular stuff. You will probably have to do it twice to get everything out.

If youve got a local diner / restaraunt you frequent, they will have the gallon jugs & they get it for a better price then you will at a hardware store.
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