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How often do you top up your rinse aid in your dishwasher?

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Smurfy23 Fri 13-Oct-17 07:58:31

Just that really. Had my dishwasher for a few months now so not really sure what to expect. I seem to be filling it up (to the top) every 4-5 that normal? Seems a lot to me but I could be wrong....

PoppyPopcorn Fri 13-Oct-17 08:08:14

Really depends on where you live and how hard your water is - we're in Scotland where the water is super soft and I never use separate rinse aid or salt, just tablets.

Kidsarekarma Fri 13-Oct-17 08:12:33

Never. I don't use salt either as I use tablets.
I live in a hard water area but dishwasher instructions (Bosch) said just all in one tablets are fine and that's what I've done for the last 15 years here with no problems.

Meepmoop Fri 13-Oct-17 08:13:46

We use all in one tablets to, saves the faff

Kidsarekarma Fri 13-Oct-17 08:13:55

Sorry, pressed post too soon - meant to add that I don't buy expensive tablets either, I find Aldi's are the best.

calamityjam Fri 13-Oct-17 08:14:22

Never. Just use 3 in one tablets never had a problem and been doing so for years

PurplePillowCase Fri 13-Oct-17 08:16:52

all in one tablets...
have to top up salt every month though as hard water area

Hulder Fri 13-Oct-17 08:19:03

When the light comes on. And not before that - about every few weeks.

Much cheaper than 3 in 1 tablets and apparently even with those you are supposed to use salt and rinse aid so I couldn't see the point.

Smurfy23 Fri 13-Oct-17 08:21:36

Thanks Hulder. Light came on after 5 washes last night. Starting to think somethings not quite right with it!

birchandrowan Fri 13-Oct-17 09:36:00

Have you maybe got the rinse aid dispenser set too high so that it's using far more than you need?

Roomba Fri 13-Oct-17 09:41:45

I use all in one tablets so never. My mother told me I should still use rinse aid but the other replies here have convinced me that I'm in the right not doing so.

EcoCleaner Fri 13-Oct-17 09:51:52

Whenever the light comes on. Usually takes about 6 weeks. Have you fully topped up the dispenser?

Orangebird69 Fri 13-Oct-17 09:53:45

Have you fully topped it up? That sounds too often to me.

Smurfy23 Fri 13-Oct-17 09:55:39

Definitely fill to the top. Will try to see if i can change how much is used to see if that solves it otherwise will get the repairman out before the warranty expires! Thanks!

EcoCleaner Fri 13-Oct-17 10:13:36

Ours has a little dial thing in the rinse aid section to set how much is used. I have ours on number 3, I think. Seems to work well

4yoniD Sat 14-Oct-17 19:20:47

What make? I have a hotpoint and it constantly asks to be topped up with rinse aid. Dispense level is set to low. Last time it took 2 days for the light to come back on and when I tried to add more it was full still, so I guess mine is knacked.

Smurfy23 Sat 14-Oct-17 19:32:00

Yeah its hotpoint...we've canged settings so will see how it goes. Im sure it wasnt like this when we got it first!

specialsubject Sat 14-Oct-17 22:10:11

All in one tablets are a con. You still need salt and rinse aid.

Wilkinson sell the lot for cheap.

simonthedog Sat 14-Oct-17 22:12:25


80sMum Sat 14-Oct-17 22:14:32

Mine seems to need topping up about every 3 or 4 washes.

Hulababy Sun 15-Oct-17 09:04:55

Always used all in one tablets and never had an issue with them. Never used salt or rinse aid in the years I've owned a dishwasher.

MongerTruffle Sun 15-Oct-17 09:05:59

You need to top up the rinse aid when your dishes start to get water droplets on them after washes.

Almostthere15 Mon 16-Oct-17 19:32:06

I don't bother with rinse aid (use all in ones) but i live in a hard water area and do use salt. Prior to that I had two dishwashers last less than 2 years each. The engineer that came to condemn the second said you should always use salt. So I do, but I don't really know why.

wowfudge Tue 17-Oct-17 06:44:49

We never use salt or rinse aid. All in one tablets in our house and we live in a very soft water area - it just isn't necessary to buy rinse aid and salt.

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