Frequently customers visit our store complaining of yucky clothes and glasses with marks on them from their dishwashers and washers. The first thing we ask is – how much detergent are you putting into your machine? Many people look a little perplexed, with valid reason. This seems like it shouldn’t effect the machine’s job. I mean, you do pay a lot for a dishwasher or washer, and what’s a little extra soap?
However, especially when dealing with imported dishwashers, using too much soap or detergent, or as we say, “oversoaping” your machine can really make a difference in the quality of wash for your dishes and clothes.
How do I know if I am over-soaping?
Well first ask yourself, am I happy with the results of my washes? Do my dishes have watermarks on them when they come out of the dishwasher? Are suds gushing out of my machines? (We sure hope not!) If the answers to these questions are “yes” – we hate to break it to you, but you may be oversoaping. Many times there are no problems with the machine at hand, it simply needs a little less soap to do its job properly.
I admit it, I may be oversoaping. But how much soap should I use?
If you have determined that you are an oversoaper, use 1/3 of what you typically use and see if that makes a difference. Worried that it may not be enough soap? It’s time to let the oversoaping go, lovely washers. Particularly when using imported dishwashers (Asko, Bosch, Miele) it is easy to oversoap. Why? These dishwashers are typically more efficient when it comes to the water:wash ratio. Less water = less soap needed. Many people who switch to an imported brand have trouble with oversoaping, and this is the primary reason for foggy dishes and sticky clothes.
Have any questions about soap-use in your dishwasher? Let us know in the comments!
- Homemade Laundry Soap (gregewilkins.wordpress.com)
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