Before the dishwasher even starts cleaning dishes, it needs to resolve chemical issues with the water it will use to wash them. In many locations, water is referred to as ‘hard’. In chemical terms, this means that it contains significant levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium ions. These can lead to the formation of limescale, which is bad news for your dishwasher. We looked at how limescale forms (and how it can be removed) in a previous graphic.
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References & Further Reading
- What is your dishwasher tablet made of? – Finish
- Chemistry in your cupboard: Finish – The Royal Society of Chemistry
- Methods for ascertaining the cleaning performance of dishwasher detergents – IKW-AK
- Phosphate and dishwasher detergent – The American Cleaning Institute
- Kinetics of the hydrolysis and perhydrolysis of TAED, a peroxide bleach activator – D M Davies & M E Deary