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Softening Clumped Dishwasher Detergent

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Sometimes powdered detergent can get clumpy in the box, making it difficult to measure. This is a guide about softening clumped dishwasher detergent.


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March 23, 2011

How do I soften old, clumped together powdered dishwashing detergent?

By Deborah from Louisville, KY


November 14, 20160 found this helpful
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Doesn't work; brown sugar gets moisture from bread. Don't want moisture in dish detergent; different chemistry. Moisture is what made it hard to begin with. I think hammering it in a plastic bag might be the best solution.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Probably the best thing to do is carefully open the box or you might have to cut off the top with a pair of scissors. Pour the powdered dish washing detergent in a plastic bag and break up the clumps with a rolling pin or a heavy spoon. Then store it in a plastic container.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

A piece of soft bread works with clumped up brown sugar so it will probably work with dishwashing clumps. Wait a couple of days to see if it worked. The bread will get really hard when used in brown sugar and it makes the sugar stay soft.


I did this once with sugar that I thought I would have to throw away because it was so hard I couldn't even break it up with a knife.

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March 24, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with MCW except that after you have got it down to clumps, I would put it in a blender to get it back down to a powder. afterwards, store in an airtight container to prevent it happening again.

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