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How Much Dishwasher Soap?

One of the most common mistakes you can make with your dishwasher is to add too much soap. You know how your dishwasher has two little cups for soap – one open and one that closes? Well, here’s my advice: Fill the closable cup about 1/3 – 1/2 full, let some soap scatter around the cup (it doesn’t actually have to land in the open cup), and close the closable cup. That should be plenty.

When someone calls me saying that their dishes aren’t getting clean in their dishwasher, I always question if they’re using too much soap. That cloudy, “unclean” appearance of glasses is often not because they’re not getting clean. It’s usually because there is a soap residue landing on the glasses because there’s too much soap in the dishwasher. Even worse, excess soap tends to build up in the nooks and crannies of your dishwasher and is dispersed as residue-building vapor during the drying process.

Try cutting what you’re using now in half. If it still gets your dishes clean, cut back a bit more. Just think, not only will you have cleaner dishes, you’ll save what you spend on dishwasher soap too!

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September 18, 2009 - Posted by | Dishwasher

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