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Old 06-10-2010, 08:02 AM
Location: Beacon Hill
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A lot of people have never heard of dishwasher salt, but for those who have, do you know where to find it in San Antonio?

I have been told you can use regular water softening salt, but I'm not 100% confident on that as I've heard mixed advice.

Didn't see it on Lowe's or Home Depot's sites but perhaps I should just ask one of the guys selling dishwashers. Just wondering if anyone has experience with this.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:57 AM
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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The mixed advice is likely from someone that didn't research it....<G>

From looking at the MSDS sheets, it's standard "pure" salt. You should be able to use any pelletized salt. I'd avoid the "solar salt" mainly because it's not quite as pure, and the softener units in the dishwasher don't have much capacity, so you want as good a regeneration as possible.

In my mind, though, it's kinda like putting an air filter over individual air ducts - I can filter the air as it comes through each duct, or filter it as it returns to the air handler....lemme see - one filter or 10? Put a softener on your house, and be done with it. Because what you're seeing in a dishwasher is what's happening (to a MUCH greater extent) to your hot water heater, commode ring, etc. Some folks don't WANT a central softener, and for them I guess this works - but it's an expensive way of doing it in my mind - I'd just as soon soften just the hot water side if nothing else.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:38 AM
Location: San Antonio
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After I put in a softner, my shower was like 100000000 times easier to clean!!
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:37 PM
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Default Dishwasher

If your looking to just rid the water stain/scum off dishes then try adding Lemi-Shine to the wash cycle. IT REALLY WORKS!
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:58 AM
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Home Werks @ Bitters & 281 should sell the salt. I believe they still caryy dw's that use it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:09 AM
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An appliance repairman recommended Lemi-shine to me. I put a little bit in with the regular diswasher detergent every time. It does a wonderful job. The dishes, glasses and utensils look great and so does the inside of the diswasher!
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