Dishwashers are now commonly used in households because of their convenience and water economy. They significantly save time and effort you spent on washing dishes by hand. There are some common questions regarding dishwashers and detergent pods among the users, like “Where to put dishwasher tablets?”.
So, should I put the dishwasher detergent on the bottom of the dishwasher? No, you shouldn’t do it. Because it will dissolve during the prewash period and will not remain to the main wash cycle. You can do it only when your dispenser is broken, the little amount of detergent is better than nothing.
It is better to explore the main principles of the machine work and the rules of using it to make sure your dishwasher will serve you well, and the hygiene quality of the washing will remain high.
Top used products for dishwashers nowadays are dishwasher tablets. Let’s see how they work and where do you put dishwasher pods.
What are dishwasher pods
A dishwasher is usually filled with dishwashing gel or pods that work as a detergent while the machine continues it’s washing cycle.
Detergent in capsules is covered in dissolvable material, Polyvinyl alcohol.
When it contacts with water it starts to dissolve and the detergent begins to work. The pods contain more concentrated detergent than the gel does.
Varieties of dishwashing pods
The dishwashing pods are very comfortable solution. There is plenty of varieties of dishwashing pods. Some of them are eco-friendly and organic, some are made including harsh chemicals. Every consumer may find a product that fits its needs.
Regardless of how organic your washing tablets are. They still contain some chemicals and should be stored and used properly. Keep the pods away from children and pets.
Dishwasher tablets are now more preferable by customers as they are easier to use than powder or gel solution. No need to measure it and the tablets take care of both of the dishes and the machine.
Dishwasher pods how to use
There is nothing easier than this instruction:
- Take one pod with dry hands to avoid dissolving of the cover
- Place it to the “main wash” compartment of your machine
- Close the lid and start the cycle
Very simple! It can’t be comparable to washing the dishes by hand! Tablets make the process even easier than the washing liquid.
Problems that may occur with the dishwasher and tablets
The reason why putting dishwasher tablet straight into a machine is a bad idea
Despite the fact the instruction for dishwasher tablets is absolutely simple, one of the common mistakes that leads to the breaking of the machine is the wrong use of the pads. People try to reinvent the wheel and put the pods directly to the dishwasher.
Let’s try to explore why it is wrong and what may be the consequences.
The cycle of washing starts with rinsing. The machine fills with water to rinse the food leftovers then release the water. After that, the washing is started.
As we remember, the pod is covered with soluble ingredient and contacting with water it dissolves releasing the detergent. So, when the rinsing begins, the pad gets into reaction with water and all the detergent gets gone with the water after the first step of the cycle.
So when the actual washing begins you don’t have most of the detergent in the machine.
The conclusion is when you get your dish pod straight between the plates you will get dirty dishes in the end and will have to repeat the cycle.
Can you use 2 dishwasher tablets?
If you put the pod to the dispenser and still have some issues with the quality of washing you have to examine your machine.
Try to figure out if the soap pod is enough for the full cycle of washing. Usually, the dishwashing machine uses all or most of the washing solution during the main cycle. If it uses too much of the detergent in the first part the dishes may remain dirty.
To check the process by yourself load the pod into the dispenser, close the lid and start the cycle. When the small cycle is over, open the lid and see if the pod is still there and how much of it is left.
If it was used completely or most part of it, then consider adding the second tablet.
This may be the problem of your machine programming. Try to get qualified maintenance for your dishwasher.
Dishwasher not dissolving tablet
Another common problem is dishwasher pods don’t dissolve during the cycle. This may happen when there is some problem with your dispenser work.
A low temperature of the water may also be the reason. Most of the pods need 110F and above to dissolve. If your machine does not provide the required temperature for some reasons then dishwasher leaves soap in the dispenser.
The low quality of the tablet may also be the reason. Try to use tablets of another manufacturer or use gel or powder for washing. If it doesn’t help then reach the service.
Some other mistakes that may cause damage to the kitchenware or the dishwasher
Maybe you use the washing solution properly and still have some problems.
Check yourself for making these common mistakes customers do when using their machines.
- Do not overload the machine. It may lead to bad quality of washing and breaking of the kitchenware and dishes. It is not a hygienic way of washing if not all the items can be washed properly.
- Wash the handmade cups, wooden items and precious porcelain by hand. Follow the instructions for the items you bring to your kitchen.
- Do not put into the dishwasher any washing products that are not made specially for use in the dishwasher.
- Keep the glasses from breaking by putting them inside according to the instruction.
- Don’t let the dishes to stay inside for too long.
A dishwasher invention is a pure blessing. When it comes to household problems it can be called one of the most useful machines ever created. It saves a huge amount of time that you may spend with your dear ones or treating yourself.
A high-quality machine will serve you long if used properly. Follow the instruction to be sure it will do it’s work the best way.