Thread Number: 91088  /  Tag: Detergents and Additives
Best dishwashing detergent in soft water
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Post# 1155910   8/3/2022 at 22:04 by Tomdawg (Des moines)        

I have. Soft water system in my house, and Iíve been struggling with the best automatic dishwashing detergent.

I generally use finish powerball pacs from Costco but they recently switched to quantum power pacs, Iím not sure if I like the new stuff. I notice it cleans better, but I feel there is still a soap film on the dishes. Iíve always had cascade complete powder that I would use for small loads, Iím now using it on bigger/dirtier loads. I use one teaspoon, but sometimes the load still smells like food. I have been increasing to 2 teaspoons.

Do you guys have a favorite detergent you like to use? Thinking of switching to cascade complete liquid





Post# 1155927 , Reply# 1   8/4/2022 at 07:19 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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with softened water a full tablet/pod can be excessive. on the other hand, teaspoons of dishwasher detergent really aren't enough. I'd use a minimum of 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) per load--you need to shift the grease.

Post# 1155931 , Reply# 2   8/4/2022 at 09:32 by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
Cascade Complete Powder....

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....is what I have used for years in my 1994 Maytag.
I have softened water.
I fill both detergent cups and always get great results.


Post# 1156009 , Reply# 3   8/5/2022 at 05:59 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Is your DW new or older?  Both of my 90's models I use Premiere powder with chlorine or Palmolive gel with chlorine.  Packs and tabs foam way too much with my softened water. Dishes smell clean and usually leave nothing behind.

Premiere Cre010pl-Gr Automatic Dishwasher Detergent,10 Lb.


Post# 1156041 , Reply# 4   8/5/2022 at 11:33 by Tomdawg (Des moines)        

I have a Bosch 800 series. I bought it in December of 2020

Yes, I have noticed too, when I open the dishwasher mid cycle. There is a lot of foam. I have read on here, some people think foam is hard on the dishwashers.


Post# 1156048 , Reply# 5   8/5/2022 at 12:18 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Foam means too much detergent. It's not hard on the dishwasher but performance will nosedive when it's anything beyond a haze. Try as gel based product with chlorine like Greg mentioned above.

Post# 1156091 , Reply# 6   8/5/2022 at 19:32 by SudsMaster (California)        

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The water here is relatively soft (4 or lower). I use Finish Powerball Max-In-1 tabs. They consistently work very well in the Bosch SHU43C.


Post# 1156206 , Reply# 7   8/6/2022 at 21:25 by Egress (Oregon)        

we've had great luck with cascade complete powder. filled to the halfway line in our new kitchenaid dishwasher and it cleans great & doesn't leave a film on dishes or anything. Personally I'd stay away from pods or pacs, like others have mentioned they can cause foaming issues. gel detergent is just mediocre IMO, theres not much reason to use it over a powder.



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