How to Use a Rinse Aid Dispenser


Most dishwashers have rinse aid dispensers. Rinse aid dispensers release a predetermined amount of rinse aid in the final hot rinse cycle. Rinse aid is formulated to ensure that food and chemical residues are not redeposited on your dishes during the final rinse cycle. Some dish-washing tablets, powders or liquids claim that they have a rinse aid in them and you do not need to add a separate rinse aid to the compartment in your dishwasher. With some trial and error I have found that adding a rinse aid to your dishwasher once a month, regardless of the type of detergent you are using, is a must for spotlessly dry dishes.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwasher
  • Rinse aid (commercial brands include Jet-Dry, Jet-Dry Turbo, and Cascade Rinse Aid)

Open the dishwasher and locate the rinse aid dispenser. Do this before you put in a load of dishes. In most dishwashers, it is right next to the detergent dispenser. Some dishwashers have the rinse aid dispenser in the same compartment as the detergent dispenser.

Open the rinse aid compartment. You will most likely need to unscrew it.

Pour about 4 oz. of rinse aid in the rinse aid compartment. This will most likely be half a bottle of your rinse aid.

Close the rinse aid dispenser. Run the dishwasher as you normally would.

Remember to refill the rinse aid dispenser with more rinse aid once a month.

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