posted September 20, 2011 by alexis |
it may look idyllic, but Palm Springs is no stranger to hard water.
I visit Palm Springs often. it’s a wonderful place for golf and sunshine. unfortunately, it’s also a place for really hard water. so when I ran a load of dishes with smarty dish, I was very sad to see a white film on the glassware and some of the black plastic spatulas. how could our smarty have let me down?!
but it wasn’t smarty’s fault. I tried a leading competitive brand to see if there was something in their non-green mix that was the key to success. I was pleased (although my glassware was still sad) that their product left the same white film. it turns out that a lot of people have been having this problem since auto-dish products were all required to take phosphates out of their formula. (method smarty dish has always been phosphate-free, by the way!)
so, being a science geek myself, I called Kaj and Fred here at method to see if there was a simple solution. we brainstormed on what I already had in the kitchen that might combat the problem and decided to try good ol’ vinegar. I put between one quarter and one half cup of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher before I started to run the machine. (and don’t worry, since you put the vinegar in at the beginning of the cycle, it all gets washed away and your dishes won’t smell like vinegar!) I ran the dishwasher and crossed my fingers. when I opened the dishwasher, I was delighted to see no white film and the sparkling glass I’m used to with smarty dish. I’ve tried this a number of times in Palm Springs and it hasn’t let me down yet.
hard water varies a lot from area to area, but if you ever struggle with filmy glassware or pots, definitely give this a try. and of course, we’re already looking into how we can make smarty dish better for those of you who live in really hard water areas.