Did you know that your German dishwasher needs salt?! I had NO clue! Seriously we have lived in our house for 7 months and I just realized this! Sure I’ve heard others talk about putting salt in their dishwasher, but I guess I just thought it didn’t apply to mine!
Your first clue that you may need to add salt is that your dishes may not be drying well. I just chalked it up to living in Germany and their appliances not working as well. So we’d wash a load and then prop the door open to help them dry after the cycle was over. I figured that was one of the ‘quirks’ of living here, you know like the no garbage disposals. Sure we got tired of having to dry the dishes before putting them away but we dealt with it, and unnecessarily as I have found out!
Then I came across a video done by a spouse on one of the Facebook pages, I ‘almost’ didn’t watch the video because I didn’t think it applied to me but I’m so glad I did! If you have a german dishwasher and your not putting salt in it you need to watch it too! You can find the video HERE
I immediately went to check my dishwasher and guess what, there was a spot for salt! Thanks to this video I realized that our dishwasher DOES need salt and it was probably going to need a lot.
Luckily I knew the commissary had salt, because again I knew of people using it, just didn’t realize I needed to as well. So I ran to the commissary and bought 2 boxes, they were $1 each. Now don’t go filling up your dishwasher with table salt…you need dishwasher salt. On base it’s on the bottom shelf by the dishwashing detergent, you can also find it off base as well. Use the picture above if you need to know what to look for. I use the Somat special salt from the commissary.
I came home and got to work filling it up, it took 1 and a half boxes! It was also a messy process with me spilling it all over the bottom but I got it done.
Then I ran our first load of dishes because I wanted to see if they dried any better, sure enough they did! We now no longer have to dry our dishes before putting them away from the dishwasher! Oh the little things that make me happy 😉
Hopefully unlike me you’ve figured this out already or are are just moving in and realizing it so you don’t have to deal with wet dishes for months on end!
Any other tips for using German dishwashers?