Using Less Dishwasher Detergent

Do not fill the two compartments full with dish washer soap. The heat and the movement of the water will clean the dishes before the soap is released. So only fill the first compartment half full.


By Laurie R. from Elm Creek, Nebraska

January 22, 20100 found this helpful

You are absolutely right!

When I first started using tablets, I doubted that the dishes would come clean because other than using two tablets, you can't put detergent in the second one. But they do come clean with just the tablet in the main compartment!

Another tip: Always run the water at the sink until it gets hot before starting the dishwasher. This way you're sure that all the water filling the dishwasher is hot.

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

I have never once put anything in the first compartment, and my dishes come out beautifully sparkly!

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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

The soap dispenser on my dishwasher is not working. It will not lock, therefore the detergent is dispensed at the very beginning of the cycle. Does anyone know if this makes any difference to the cleaning process? Joan from Chesterfield, MI

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

Your dishwasher will only need to be set on a quick wash setting because there is no need to go through two washes if all the detergent is dispensed into the first wash. I almost always use the shorter wash anyway because it uses less hot water. Normal/full wash is only needed for burned or stuck on food...It is not needed for plates, glasses, cups and silverware. Good luck.

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

I ALWAYS only use half the amount of dishwasher detergent recommended. If I'm using tablets, I break them in half or only use the short wash cycle. Save hot water by only using the least amount of wash cycles needed for cleaning your dishes. (Same for clothes washer) Best of luck.

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