Why You Shouldn’t Use Liquid Dish Soap in the Dishwasher


If you have never tried putting regular dish soap in the dishwasher, you might not know why it’s a bad idea. It can be tempting when you run out of dishwasher detergent; it looks identical to regular liquid detergent, but here’s the result.

Regular dish soap is meant to create foam; in combination with the jets in a dishwasher, your appliance is guaranteed to overflow. In addition to the cleaning of your kitchen floor, you will also have to run multiple rinses to remove all soap suds from your dishes. If you’re in a rush to do the dishes, try the Dishwasher Detergent Substitute recipe below.

Dishwasher Detergent Substitute

  • 2 table spoons baking soda
  • 2 tsp regular liquid dish soap
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