Lemi Shine

November 1, 2009

Home 'Improvement'

I’m not going to be shy about this – I’m writing this post to win a contest.

The good people at Lemi Shine have a monthly testimonial contest, and I’ve read many of the winning entries – they sing the praises of this miracle powder for the hard-water inflicted that makes their spotted glassware sparkle, cleans the spots off the inside of their dishwasher, and makes it smell lemon-y fresh.

Pffffff. Those people don’t have real hard water problems.

Here’s a real problem – a couple of weeks ago I looked into the bottom of one of the dishwashers at work and the heating element had so much build-up on it, it looked like a piece of coral. Horrified, I checked the other dishwasher – same problem. (This discovery led to the realization that our water softener has been unplugged for several months, and our super-hard water has been baking onto the heating elements.)

Holy. Crud. I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture, this is a ‘during’, but you can see the strata.

You're soaking in it.

I tried soaking some washcloths in vinegar and wrapping them around the elements overnight, but it didn’t help. A little internet search said that vinegar was too weak of an acid – you need citric acid. I scoured the kitchen for lemonade drink mix, but we didn’t have any. So, out to Wal-Mart to see what they had.

They had Lemi Shine.

Lemi Shine, you are my hero.

I filled the bottoms of both dishwashers with enough hot water to cover the elements, poured in a bunch of Lemi Shine, and let it sit for a couple of hours. I came back and was able to chip off a fair amount of crud. After that, though, the voice of my old boss from Dairy King, Bonsall Huffington, came back to me – “Let the water do the work”. I’ve been letting the solution sit overnight and am able to gently scrape it off with a jam spreader, and I’m almost down to the elements.

Fascinating, isn't it?

Thank you, Lemi Shine. You saved us the cost of two heating elements, if not two new dishwashers.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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14 Responses to “Lemi Shine”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ha! The name is a pun!

    Aren’t you the one who introduced me to CLR?

    I have used Tang in my dishwasher to make it sparkling white again. Plus, it smelled orangy.

    This is kind of an ADD comment, isn’t it?



  2. Deborah Said on:

    “You’re soaking in it.” Ha!


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Would it remove the mineral ring in a toilet bowl?


  4. Deanne Said on:

    WOW! I hope you win!


  5. Lloyd Said on:

    That was a lot of deposit.


  6. Peggy Said on:

    Hey, I left a comment in the early morning…where did it go I wonder?

    Nice job Lauren!! And are you really going to enter….you should definately win!!


  7. Lee Said on:

    Good day to you, Lauren!

    My name is Lee McDonald, and I am the Public Relations representative for Envirocon Technologies, Inc., the makers of Lemi Shine. We were quite impressed with both your post on our community page and your blog about Lemi Shine, and we would like to send you a little gift as a token of our appreciation. Could you please email me your mailing address to lee@envirocontech.com, so I can send this out to you? We truly appreciate your business and support. Have a terrific Tuesday!


    Lee McDonald


  8. Kristi Said on:

    So did you ever get the little something that Lee McDonald was going to send you?


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