Got stained dishes and rusty silverware? Learn how to remove lime buildup from your dishwasher.
One area in the kitchen that can quickly lose its sparkle often goes unnoticed because of its hidden location: the inside of the dishwasher. Lime buildup is fairly common in regions where high mineral content causes hard water.
As water travels underground, it can become exposed to various minerals found in soil and rock, including calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and rust — each of which can play a significant role in the quality of the water. Lime deposits are derived from calcium carbonate, which leaves a scale of lime behind that can easily build over time. Your dishwasher is at a high risk for developing lime buildup and hard water stains because of its constant exposure to large amounts of hard water.