We all enjoy a sumptuous hearty home-cooked meal. Some of us enjoy the art of cooking a sumptuous hearty home-cooked meal but very few if any, enjoy the chore of washing up after cooking and enjoying a well-executed home-cooked meal.
In fact the bigger the meal the less enjoyable the task of cleaning up after enjoying your food. Having a dishwasher undoubtedly makes this chore markedly less taxing and for some people even enjoyable.
It, therefore, goes without saying that what you want most out of your dishwasher is excellent dishwashing performance and this goes hand in hand with proper use of the machine.
The right products for your needs are a prerequisite to great results as well. A tough dishwashing soap effective on stains and grease coupled with a good rinse aid is crucial especially for the long-term condition of both your dishes and your dishwasher.
One of the most common errors when using a dishwasher is putting dish soap in the rinse aid dispenser. While there is no real danger of ruining your machine in a single wash, the dish soap will lather up during the rinse cycle and get dried up on your dishes.
As soon as you open the dishwasher to retrieve your clean dishes, you will notice that something has gone very wrong. If you accidentally put dish soap in the rinse aid dispenser, this is what you should do,
How to get dish soap out of dishwasher rinse aid dispenser
- If you have not switched on your dishwasher or if you notice the error as your dishes are getting cleaned, simply switch off your machine first.
- Remove the dishes from the machine one by one and deposit them onto the kitchen sink or in a basin. Since they are coated in soap, be mindful not to let them slip and break which would only make cleaning glass out of your dishwasher an extra task.
- Once all the dishes are out of the dishwasher, scoop out the foam or suds using a container such as a plastic bowl. Remove as much of this as you can.
- A considerable amount of this foam should still be left all over the dishwasher. Using table cloths or paper towels, wipe down the remaining foam from your machine and ensure it is completely dry.
- Using a syringe, suction out as much dish soap as possible from the rinse aid dispenser. A turkey baster can also be used for this.
- If you do not have either, use paper towels or a table cloth to get as much of the dish soap as you can reach out of the rinse aid dispenser.
- Depending on the shape and depth of the dispenser, this may not be possible without a syringe and instead what you have to do is extract the entire dispenser and rinse it out manually. Most dispensers can come off easily but if not, you may have to get the syringe from the hardware store.
- Once thoroughly wiped or suctioned out, the rinse aid dispenser will still have dish soap residue which can be handled using a small amount of white vinegar.
- Pour a cupful of vinegar into the rinse aid dispenser. Add a generous amount of salt. You can measure this using the palm of your hand. A palm of salt should suffice.
- Run your dishwasher once and observe whether dish soap foam will form again. One round of this should be enough if you got as much of the dish soap as possible out of the rinse aid dispenser but if not, simply put vinegar and salt again and run the dishwasher once more.
- If no foam forms, then your rinse aid dispenser is clear. If foaming occurs, repeat the vinegar and salt rinse until no more foam forms when you do this.
- Put rinse aid in the rinse aid dispenser and return your dishes into the dishwasher. Clean as usual.
What is the purpose of rinse aid?
Rinse aid or rinsing agent is a surfactant. Surfactants break or reduce the surface tension of the liquids they are dissolved in. in this case, rinse aid breaks the surface tension of water making it slide off your dishes after the rinse.
This leaves the dishes drier and eliminates the possibility of marks, spots, and streaks forming on your dishes as they dry up in the washer.
If you have noticed a dull sheen, especially on glassware, then this is what rinse aid is for. The dull sheen is caused by water clinging to the glass as it dries instead of sliding off the surface completely before the glass is dried.
Using rinse aid on this kind of stained glassware and in general, with every wash, and with all dishes, will eliminate this ugly sheen.
In places where there is hard water, rinse aid is even more important to utilize. Hard water contains within it other elements and compounds that will adhere very quickly to your dishes even when rinsed thoroughly because of the surface tension of water.
The surface tension of water which is already quite high will cause droplets of water to adhere to your dishes, allowing these other substances to attach themselves to your dishes and stain them in the process.
If you have hard water, there are rinse aids specially formulated to combat the staining of your dishes by breaking down the surface tension of the hard water and also dissolving the compounds in the hard water leaving your dishes clear of stains and streaks.
Is there an alternative to rinse aids?
While rinse aids are the best way to protect dishes from sustaining this particular kind of stains, some may find that they do not wish to use these products if they can be avoided, mostly for environmental reasons.
If this is the case, you can pour white vinegar into the rinse aid dispenser for one cycle every few weeks which should clear any forming stains or streaks. Vinegar cannot be used continuously but it should resolve the problem and offer an efficient alternative to rinse aids.