Using The Correct Dishwasher Detergent

In order to get the best results from your new Dishwasher it is essential you find the best product to suit your purse and your needs.

Manufacturers will commonly provide a sample of a detergent they ‘recommend’ you use with their machine.  This is sometimes the best product for you but you must remember their ‘recommendation’ is usually tied in with a lucrative deal with the particular brand of detergent.  This does not mean it is not suitable for using with your machine, but it should not limit your choices.


As you have probably realised there are many makes and types of dishwasher detergent available on the supermarket shelves.  It is best to try out a variety to find one that suits your needs and that you and your family are happy with the results.

There are downsides to some types of product which you may wish to consider.  The solid tablet, made by several brands, may initially give you a good result but overtime you may notice that these tablets can leave a sticky residue in the soap dispenser.  This is because they do not always dissolve completely, especially at the lower temperature programme cycles.  

Not only do you see the residue in your soap dispenser, but it can also give you further problems by eventually sticking to and blocking your filter.  You can also start to see less shiny crockery.

There are, of course, other detergent options including liquid and also liquitabs, which should also give you good results.  You will probably find there can be considerable differences among the more well-known brands, as well as the supermarket own brands. This will purely be a personal choice and as long as you are happy with the cleanliness from your machine, you should be happy.

As you will see on the packaging a lot of the products state they include the correct doseage of rinse aid and dishwasher salt.  However, it is strongly recommended that you follow the directions in your manufacturer’s handbook about the amount of rinse aid and dishwasher salt to add to your particular model.

If you choose not to do this and rely on the blurb on the packaging of your preferred detergent, you may notice over a period of time that your dishes are no longer so shiny and that your glasses are coming out streaky.  Dishwashers will work better with both salt and rinse aid, and you will probably have indicator lights coming on to say when the machine requires a top up.  You should see a fairly instant improvement in your dishes.

Combined with the 3-in-1 detergents, and the occasional topping up of salt and rinse aid, you should be happy with the overall results.





Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.


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