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How Much Dishwasher Detergent Should You Use?

Everyone has their methods of cleaning they believe work best. When it comes to washing dishes, you can wash them by hand or use a dishwasher. Here are the answers to popular questions regarding dishwashers and how to use them.

How Much Dishwasher Detergent Should You Use?

You may consider a dishwasher an essential home appliance. Many homes and apartments are equipped with time-saving cleaning devices. To ensure your dishwasher's performance doesn't diminish because of improper use, you need to know how to use it correctly. Using too little or too much dishwasher detergent can leave you with dirty dishes.

It is recommended you use two teaspoons to three tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Factors including your water's hardness and your dishes' soil level will determine how much or how little detergent you use. There are also other appliance factors you need to consider.


How Old Is Your Appliance?

If you recently purchased a new model dishwasher, you may have experienced decreased performance and efficiency with your previous dishwasher. Older model dishwashers are not as efficient as newer model dishwashers, which means you'll use more dishwasher detergent. Newer model dishwashers are designed with efficiency in mind. Energy efficiency means saving money on your electric and water bills because these dishwashers use less energy and water to clean your dishes.

What's the Right Amount of Dishwasher Detergent?

It's best to use the manufacturer's recommendation for detergent use. The owner's manual will provide a table explaining the amount of detergent you need according to the water hardness levels and soil requirements. There are also different types of dishwasher detergent. You can use liquid detergent or dishwasher detergent pods. With detergent pods, you don't have to measure the liquid before running your dishwasher.


Avoid Pre-Washing Your Dishes

Pre-washing your dishes can make them harder to clean, which is counter-productive. Your dishwasher may have a pre-wash cycle, but most dishes don't require this step. Pre-washing your dishes wastes water and energy, which increases your household expenses. If you're determined to use the pre-wash dishwasher cycle, only use it if you have dishes sitting in the dishwasher for a prolonged period.


Choosing the Right Program

Choosing the proper cycle for your dishes is essential for getting them clean. Pots and pans may require a more intense wash cycle than bowls, plates, and silverware. Intense wash cycles use more detergent than quick wash cycles and use higher temperatures than regular wash cycles.

Whether you have an older or newer dishwasher, use these tips to improve your dishwasher's efficiency and overall performance.