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Urgent! Run out of dishwasher tabs. Can I use washing powder?

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Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:08:45

Just that. Dishwasher desperately needs to go on. Can I use laundry detergent? I have an eco smell free one.

Either that or I have soda, but I find it leaves my glasses with a layer of fine white powder.

Any suggestions? Apart from washing the lot by hand, which I really want to avoid as the dishwasher is heaving and I'll be here all night....

PurplePillowCase Wed 18-Oct-17 20:09:25

run it without anything.

FannyWisdom Wed 18-Oct-17 20:09:48

No laundry detergent.
Sink.

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:10:08

Really? Will it get the grease off?

PurplePillowCase Wed 18-Oct-17 20:10:47

the hot water will clean well enough this once.
do. not. use. washing up liquid. unless. you. want. a. foam. party.

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:11:48

Sink I'd rather avoid. I also have limited drying space due to some cake making earlier.

Why oh why didn't I notice before the shop downstairs shut? sad

reallybadidea Wed 18-Oct-17 20:12:08

Squirt some fairy liquid in and have a foam party!

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MotherofPearl Wed 18-Oct-17 20:12:13

I thought washing powder ruined dishwashers? I'm sure I've read horror stories about it producing huge amounts of foam which destroy the dishwasher's insides.

SleepFreeZone Wed 18-Oct-17 20:13:15

I looked this up a week or so ago and the advice was a small amount of washing up liquid, 2/3 bicarbonate and 1/3 salt. It worked rather well for me!

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:13:18

Yes, I remember a foam fountain from the washing machine in my student days. Flat mate had used Fsiry liquid. It was not pretty.

abbsisspartacus Wed 18-Oct-17 20:13:49

Just run it without there should be enough residue to clean it

TizzyDongue Wed 18-Oct-17 20:14:57

Note: Do not use Fairy or any other dish detergent

I repeat: DO NOT use Fairy or any other dish detergent

Important notice: DO NOT use Fairy or any other dish detergent

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:15:04

I might try something between zero detergent and a pinch of bicarbonate. I wonder if the odd flake of Marseille soap would help?

TheQueenOfWands Wed 18-Oct-17 20:16:06

I put washing up liquid in the dishwasher at work once.

My supervisor looked at me like this: hmm

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:16:33

No, Fairy is not going anywhere near it! I need to be up at 5am tomorrow so I'd rather avoid spending the night catching suds.

SwedishEdith Wed 18-Oct-17 20:20:20

Don't know. But only realised, when packing, that I'd washed all the laundry with dishwasher tabs over a two-week holiday.

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:22:09

Did it smell lemony?

RunRabbitRunRabbit Wed 18-Oct-17 20:23:25

Run it on a hot cycle. It will get almost everything clean.

SwedishEdith Wed 18-Oct-17 20:24:30

If it did, I didn't notice. grin

Frustratedboarder Wed 18-Oct-17 20:25:32

I put our dishwasher on with no tablet more often than not tbh, particularly if it's just everyday stuff like plates, cups, Bowls, etc. Maybe twice a week with a tablet to keep it fresh.

It will be fine! smile

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:26:56

Have just put it on a hot cycle with a pinch of Solvay (the stronger soda) hopefully that'll do the trick. At the very least I'll have a clean dishwasher

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:28:45

I have a few pans in there, so there is a bit of grease. I might try a water only run when I have only glasses and plates. Thanks for the tip!

user1483808257 Wed 18-Oct-17 20:30:09

I run every other wash without a tablet, much cheaper and works fine.

holdthewine Wed 18-Oct-17 20:40:06

I have used laundry tablets and they work perfectly fine. Never use washing up liquid!

Melassa Wed 18-Oct-17 20:44:56

I've never really thought of running it without detergent, although I've had the odd occasion where the detergent flap didn't open, so the dishes were essentially washed in just water. Mind you, while they did come out pretty much clean, a few knives remained crusty (from peanut butter etc) and for some reason parsley flecks stayed on the plate. Not sure what it was about the parsley that made it so resistant...

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