Using Dawn in the Dishwasher

I've ran out of dishwasher soap and have just a small amount of Dawn, can it be used in the dishwasher? I have a week to go before payday so no money.


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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

I would suggest that you do not use Dawn dishwashing detergent in your dishwasher, because of the sudsing action that would happen in the dishwasher. I would ask a neighbor to borrow some dishwashing detergent for your automatic dishwasher before I would try the Dawn dishwashing detergent that is for hand washing dishes

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December 2, 20160 found this helpful

You can damage your machine if you do this. Just wash the dishes for a week. Dawn is a good brand and you should be able to get by until payday.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

No, just use the Dawn to hand wash dishes, never put liquid soap in your dishwasher. It will make suds and overflow creating a bigger mess not to mention it could damage your dishwasher.

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December 23, 20160 found this helpful

I think you are asking if the Dawn will go further in the dishwasher, since you have only a small amount? I did this once for a few days, and noticed no ill effects, except for the high sudsing. A little vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher would help with ekeing out the Dawn and helping clean the dishes.


I suspect the main reason we advised not to do so is that the fatty substances in the Dawn (all soaps have them) may leave a scum in the hoses, and a build-up of this would cause ineffective draining, and need the eventual replacement of the hoses.
But based on my own experience, I reckon a week would not be enough to do lasting damage, since it will be followed up by the normal cleansing tablets. I would use very hot washes and add vinegar in the week after payday just to clear the pipes.

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