How to: clean and maintain your dishwasher (by topping up the salt and rinse aid)

March 06 2018


The dishwasher is often a homeowner’s best friend, and for good reason. After all, they take in all of our dirty dishes, clean away all the remains of our hearty dinner, cups of tea, and delicious desserts, then give us a little beep when all our dishes are sparkling clean. But, sometimes they need a little something from us: salt and rinse aid.

So, if you have no idea where to start when it comes to salt and rinse aid, this video will show you everything you need to know.

Firstly, completely remove the bottom rack of your dishwasher to expose the hidden salt reservoir – it’ll probably be lying to one side, just off center. Next, unscrew its cap and check for water. If it’s dry, stick some in – but, unless it’s your dishwasher’s first use, there should be some water in there already.

Now, pour your dishwasher-only salt into a funnel and into the hole of the exposed salt reservoir. There’s no precise measurement of salt as each dishwasher is different, so keep pouring until it’s full. If you manage to spill some into the bottom of the dishwasher, simply use a wet cloth to mop up any excess.

Once you’re happy the salt is in the reservoir and it’s full up, it’s time to screw the lid back on and replace the bottom rack. Some dishwasher racks have wheels, so make sure they’re properly aligned before you apply force when pushing it back in.

Now for the rinse aid. For this you’ll need to ensure the dishwasher door is fully open. The rinse aid dispenser will typically be on the back of the door. Once you locate it, simply twist the refill knob and remove it. Pour rinse aid into the newly exposed hole until it’s full. If you have a rinse aid indicator, this will now turn off. Again, use the damp cloth to mop up and spillage and replace the knob.

Now both your salt and rinse aid are topped up, your beloved dishwasher is fully revitalised and ready to work for you again.

Remember to always use proper dishwasher salt and rinse aid to ensure your dishwasher continues to perform at its peak. If you’re unsure what to use, consult your supplier, or pop to your local supermarket.