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How do I know how much detergent to use in my dishwasher?

The amount of detergent you need to use depends on whether you have hard or soft water. To determine the proper amount, follow these tips:

If you are using dishwasher packs or tablets, use only one at a time.

If you’ve selected a quick or fast cycle, add the detergent pack or tablet in the tub so it dissolves during shorter cycles.

For powder, gel and liquid detergents, consult your Owner’s Manual, which lists the correct amount of detergent for degree of water conditions.

You can also find more tips at www.cascadeclean.com.

To determine your water hardness, contact your water supplier or have your water tested by an outside source (such as a company that sells water treatment equipment).

For best results, follow these tips for detergent use:

  • Make sure the detergent is fresh. When it’s old or expired, it might not dissolve properly.
  • Store detergent in a cool, dry place.
  • When loading the dishwasher, be sure that the detergent dispenser can open freely (not blocked by a dish/pan, etc) and that water from the spray arm can reach the open dispenser.

Because most detergents are designed to dissolve and activate at 120°F, your dishwasher will perform best if your water temperature is 120°F or higher at the start of a wash cycle.

TIP: Feel free to check your water heater setting. You may also run hot water from the kitchen faucet prior to starting the dishwasher.

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