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 5 Things You Should Never Do with Dishwasher Detergent

5 Things You Should Never Do with Dishwasher Detergent

Maintaining clean and sanitary dishes is a vital part of any household routine, and using reliable and effective dishwasher detergents plays a crucial role in achieving this goal. 

Just like there are a few considerations you must make when choosing the best dishwasher detergent, there are also a few things you must never do with a dishwasher detergent to ensure their proper use. 

After research and accumulated real-life experience, we learned the 5 things you should never do with dishwasher detergents to prevent damage to your dishwasher and ensure the best cleaning results.

Avoid these mistakes with dishwasher detergents

Below are some of the most common mistakes people make with detergents. 

Don't recklessly use dishwasher tablets

While dishwasher tablets are measure-free and can be used without a second thought, a common mistake with dishwasher detergent includes throwing them directly into the dishwasher drum. 

Prevent misuse of dishwasher detergent and receive optimal dishwashing experience by placing the tablet directly in the base of the dishwasher. 

This allows the tablet to dissolve appropriately during the wash cycle, ensuring your dishes come out sparkling clean.

***Finish Quantum Ultimate (detergent tablets) tackles whatever you throw at it, giving you a Powerful Clean 1st Time, every time!***

Don’t touch tablets and pods with wet hands

The second thing on our list of “what not to do with dishwasher detergent” includes avoiding touching detergent tablets and pods with wet hands. 

By touching them with wet hands, you’ll transfer the moisture that can lead to tablets sticking together or even dissolving or leaking.

Don’t use dishwasher detergent as dishwashing soap

Just as you can’t use dishwashing soap in your dishwasher, you shouldn’t use detergents when hand-washing dishes. 

Because it doesn’t suds up the way dishwashing soap does, you might waste detergent in pursuit of achieving the desired bubbles. 

Don’t use too much detergent 

The more, the merrier policy doesn’t apply to the detergents for dishwasher. Too much powder, gel, table, or liquid dishwasher detergent can leave detergent residue on dishes, making them unappealing and unsafe to eat. 

Don’t store powder detergent in humid environments

Keeping tablets and powder detergent in a humid environment can transform them into solid blocks. To avoid the inconvenience of chipping away at hardened detergent, it's best to reseal the tablet pouches securely after use and to store the powder or tablets in a dry environment or within an airtight container. 


Can I mix different types of dishwasher detergent?

It is recommended not to mix different types of detergents and only use Finish dishwasher detergents specially formulated for the best-performing dish cleaning.

Can i use cold water with detergent for dishwasher?

Cold water doesn’t help with proper dishwashing and could lead to food and soap residue left behind. Therefore, it is ideal to use water at 120°F to achieve the best dishwashing results. 

Can I use any type of detergent in my dishwasher?

No, you should only opt for specialized dishwasher detergents, such as Finish Quantum Ultimate, which leading global manufacturers recommend for your dishwasher. These detergents are designed to ensure effective and suds-free cleaning without compromise, providing the best results for your machine.