How much salt to pour into the dishwasher

To dishwasher to 100% cope with the tasks assigned to it, you need to use special tools, including - salt. If powders, gels and rinses are needed to wash dirt, salt is used to soften the water. For the first time encountering a new device, users are wondering - how much salt to pour into the dishwasher? We will answer in detail this and other questions of interest to you.

Content of the material:

  • 1Type of product and dosage
  • 2Where to pour salt
  • 3How is the consumption of salt with water hardness
    • 3.1Methods for determining the degree of water hardness
  • 4For owners of Bosch dishwashers
    • 4.1Hardness reducing device
    • 4.2Customize
    • 4.3Use of salt
  • 5User Tips

Type of product and dosage

Before you decide on the amount that you are going to fall asleep in PMM, it's worthChoose which salt you will use. There are 4 popular options:

  1. Special salt with regenerating properties. Produced under brands such as Finish, Somat, Calgonit, etc.

  1. A tabulated version (for example, Topperr).

  1. Household substitute for the variety "Extra" (necessarily boiled). About,
    than you can replace the dishwasher salt, we wrote earlier.

  1. Tablet "Extra".

On the package of the purchased product there is an instruction for use with the dosage adjustment. It also says that the salt is poured into the bunker to the top. Since in different models of dishwashers the capacity differs in volume, granules may need less or more. In the vast majority of models can accommodate 2/3 packs in weight in kg.

Speaking of the usual food analogue - you will have a standard pack of 1 kg. Salt in tablets is also poured into the dishwasher to the top.

Where to pour salt

Understanding where to add it, you are unlikely to go wrong: in almost every PMM model the compartment is located inside the hopper under the bottom container. To put granules, without losing their part, manufacturers recommend using a funnel.

Important! When the substance is first loaded into the dishwasher, pour a little water into the compartment. When the granules fall asleep, excess water will merge, and you will calculate the exact dosage.

How is the consumption of salt with water hardness

To reduce the hardness of water, in the design of PMM manufacturers provided an ion exchanger. Inside it there is a resin that neutralizes all harmful impurities - they can form a touch on the TEN and other parts when the water is heated. Inside the ion exchanger, simple chemical reactions occur with the participation of ions - this need not be thoroughly understood, it is sufficient not to ignore the manufacturer's instructions.

If, by passing through the ion exchanger, water loses rigidity, why are additional funds used? On that salt and is called "regenerating" - in its power to restore the balance of substances in the resin.

Methods for determining the degree of water hardness

To determine the rigidity, several methods are known:

  1. With the naked eye. Take the laundry soap and soap them with a cloth flap (cloth). If the fabric is poorly washed and difficult to rinse out - the water is very stiff.
  2. Observation. Observe the rapid formation of plaque on the faucets, plumbing and other places in contact with the tap water. With increased rigidity, the plaque quickly "sticks" to the surfaces.
  3. Using a test strip. Accurate and fast option.

Attention! Rigidity is a seasonal phenomenon. To get accurate results and calculate the salt consumption, conduct a test every 3-4 months.

  1. According to the regional table of rigidity. These tables are compiled by specialists who classify water as soft, medium, hard and very hard.

Details on the determination of rigidityread in a separate article.

Is it easy to determine how often it is necessary to fill in salt in PMM? First, read the instructions to the technique - the process is described in detail and step by step. So, for example, in Bosch machines (Bosch) there are up to 7 degrees of rigidity for fine-tuning the machinery. If the salt is depleted, the control panel will start the red indicator. When using capsules light bulb is easy to disconnect - so that it does not bother, select the "0" mark from the proposed levels of stiffness.

Even in Bosch machines (as well as Siemens or Electrolux (Electrolux)), setting the hardness to "0" does not always help to collect water bypassing the ion exchanger. If you ignore the recommendations of the manufacturer, do not buy salt, and use only tablets, the ion exchanger may be clogged by impurities coming from the water. This threatens serious equipment damage.

Using salt, you not only get perfectly washed dishes and soften the water, but also protect the machine components from premature wear.

For owners of Bosch dishwashers

Here are some examples from the Bosch PMM manual, from which you can see that you need to use salt.

Hardness reducing device

In order to wash properly, the machine should be supplied with purified water, without calcium salts. Otherwise, the scale will appear on the walls, dishes and details of the machine. Water with high calcium hardness must necessarily undergo a cleaning procedure before getting to important parts of the device. To soften the water, a device built into the body of the machine is used, salt is poured into it.


Depends solely on the hardness of the water and on no other indicators. To configure the ion exchanger, proceed as follows:

  1. Find out the degree of water hardness in the plumbing.
  2. Use the table below to calculate the setting value.

  1. Turn the switch to the mark,.

In some models, this is done as in the photo.

Use of salt

When washing, the substance is automatically taken from the container and passes into the reservoir in which the softening process takes place. A solution that contains calcium salts is drained into the sewer. At the end of the cleaning cycle, the system is again ready for further operation. Regeneration starts only when the salt is 100% dissolved.

Before you start the PMM, fill the container with salt granules about 1 liter of water. For this purpose, use the funnel that comes with the device. Load the number of pellets that will raise the water level to the edge of the container (not more than, kg of the substance). Since during the loading of the substance, water will pour over the edge, it is necessary to load the salt only before the device is turned on, otherwise such operation threatens rapid corrosion of the surfaces.

If at the time of loading, you scatter the product slightly, remove the spilled grains and cover the container with a lid, making sure that there is no distortion.

Turning the ion exchanger's regulator to the "0" mark, it is possible not to fill in the salt, as water will bypass this device. At values ​​ranging from "1" to "4" salt must be filled up.

Important! Do not pour a powder into the special hopper and do not fill the gel or rinse aid - this will damage the device.

User Tips

The opinion of experienced users and their practical experience will help you choose the exact dosage of the remedy.


The dishwasher of the brand "Ariston". I buy a pack once in 1 a month. I fall asleep at once all volume of packing. I use the machine daily, and on weekends and a couple of times a day.


I bought a Bosch machine, rummaged through all the forums, deciding how much I would need this salt. At first, I fell asleep half a kilogram, and now for 50 g for 3-4 cycles - until the bulb lights up. So it's more convenient than immediately pouring out the entire pack and not knowing how much longer is enough.


Is it beneficial to use when everything is separate? This buy and rinse, and buy salt, and the powder - at first, too, so did, so much money threw out. Now only tablets - they have everything at once. The quality of washing suits 100%.


I add salt through the funnel until the water reaches the edge of the hole. At this expense, I buy the package once every 2 months,.

Let's summarize that it is not so important the amount of salt used for PMM, more importantly - its constant presence in a special compartment. How often it is necessary to pour in the substance and how much it will suffice, depends on the water and the correct adjustment of the technique itself.

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