Asked on Jan 27, 2017

What can I do about water spots on my silverware?

Hillela G.
by Hillela G.
What am I doing wrong? Our silverware always has a few water spots on each piece.
We've only had our flatware for about 2 years and we'd like them to last a long time.
What can I do about the water spots?
Thank you for your help!!
what can i do about water spots on my silverware
  15 answers
  • Ronda Torbic Ronda Torbic on Jan 27, 2017
    your dishwasher should have a place to add a rinse agent. I fill mine with white vinegar and spots are no longer a problem. It will also help keep your dishwasher from getting hard water build up and keep it sanitized.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 27, 2017
    hand dry the silverware, even from dish washer.

    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 29, 2017
      Haha I was hoping that I wouldn't have to, I get lazy but you might be right

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 27, 2017
    Agreeing you should be using a rinse agent,it is also possible your dish washer needs to be cleaned. You can run white vinegar or orange juice through a empty dishwasher for the entire wash cycle.

    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 29, 2017
      I don't have a dishwasher in my apartment, my very generous husband does most of the dishes but he doesn't have a rinse cycle

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 27, 2017
    You don't say whether you are machine or hand washing your flatware. If you machine wash, you should be adding a rinse aid. If hand washing, you can try drying the flatware by hand.

    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 29, 2017
      You're right, I'm sorry- We hand wash, no machine in our apartment. Thanks for the help!

  • Donna Cook Donna Cook on Jan 27, 2017
    If you live in an area with hard water you must always use a rinse agent

  • Deb Deb on Jan 29, 2017
    Polish the flatware with a napkin that has a bit of vinegar on it.

  • Skeg Skeg on Jan 29, 2017
    Hand dry em

  • Elizabeth Perkins Elizabeth Perkins on Jan 29, 2017
    it looks like you might have hard water. other than the vinegar idea, you could try a filter on your kitchen faucet.

  • Vicki Lehmann Vicki Lehmann on Jan 30, 2017
    If your silverware is real silver or silver plate, you really shouldn't put them in the dishwasher. I will admit that I did put silver plate in the DW, but I wouldn't do it again.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 30, 2017
    If your rinse is full at this time then just add vinegar to dishwasher before you run it, I use both we have hard water and no place to water softener. Every so often at least once a week make sure to check your filter although since I started using the vinegar it's always clean and check holes that are on your water sprinkler to make sure they are clean if not run a few loads on highest setting to try and flush sediments out but use about half a cup of vinegar. Also are you giving them enough space in basket or are they spooning each other? And don't air dry heat dry when they air dry it takes longer and you end up with spots. Good luck.

  • Tnp15327540 Tnp15327540 on Jan 31, 2017
    Use a dish towel.

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 31, 2017
    If you have hard water as I do I use lemi shine along with finish rinsing basket u just hang on the dishwasher . can find lemi shine at walmart . vinegar is not a bad idea but it sometimes cuts all the lime in the dishwasher loose and that can cling to anything . hope this helps . good lucl

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 31, 2017
    good luck

  • Janice DeLong Janice DeLong on Jan 31, 2017
    I rinse mine in cold water and just let them air dry. That took care of the water spots!

  • Nee8022121 Nee8022121 on Feb 02, 2017
    Another thing that will cause spots is dish detergent containing lemon or citrus.