How to Soften Water to Have Clear Glasses in the Dishwasher

Cloudy glasses from your dishwasher are caused by etching or a film left behind from hard water.

Soft water helps dishes come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean.Soft water helps dishes come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean.
Unfortunately etched glass is permanent, but luckily the film is not. A rinse agent is especially helpful if you have hard water. The rinse agent is an additive that will make your dishwasher water sheet off dishes and rinse away residue, which means fewer spots. There are a couple of ways to soften your dishwasher's water: Experiment to see which one works best for your situation.
Using soft water will help maintain your dishwasher.

Soften your dishwasher water with a water softener. Keeping the water soft could expand the life of your dishwasher. A home water softener can be plumbed to your dishwasher, so your dishes will be washed with soft water.

Keep your water hot, between 130 to 150 degrees, which can be adjusted on your home hot water heater.

Use a rinse agent which can be purchased and added to your dishwasher, or as a alternative, pour 1 1/2 cups of white distilled vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher with each load.

Clean your dishwasher once a month with a dishwasher cleaning product that you will run through the empty dishwasher.

Things You Will Need

  • Water softener
  • Rinse agent or white distilled vinegar
  • Dishwasher cleaner

About the Author

Judith Green began writing articles in 2009. Green has had articles published online at eHow, and likes writing about health, food, family and relationships. Green has taken college workshop classes in language arts and writing through Ohio State University. When Green learned about the opportunity to write online, she knew this was her niche.