How to Use Dish Soap in The Dishwasher

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It is possible to use dishwashing soap in an automatic dishwasher; however, just using plain dish soap won't do! If you have been unfortunate enough to try this, you will agree that the giant mess of bubbles overflowing the kitchen is not worth the experiment. The next time you are out of dishwashing detergent, you can make your own using a few items that you will have around the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
Everyone should have these products in their home.
Everyone should have these products in their home. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Dishwashing Detergent Alternative

Step 1

Place your dirty dishes, cups and glasses, into the dishwasher in the normal loading pattern.

Load the dishwasher the way you normally would.
Load the dishwasher the way you normally would. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 2

Place two to three drops of regular dish soap in your dishwasher's detergent cup. You really only need a couple drops.

Be careful -- only a couple of drops.
Be careful -- only a couple of drops. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 3

Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda, filling the cup about 2/3 of the way to full.

It's easier to use a measuring spoon.
It's easier to use a measuring spoon. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 4

Fill the remaining space with regular table salt, about 1/2 tablespoon. Close the soap compartment.

Add the salt last.
Add the salt last. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 5

Run a regular cycle on the dishwasher and enjoy the clean dishes -- no hand-washing needed.

Run a normal load of dishes, nothing special.
Run a normal load of dishes, nothing special. (Image: Debbie Williams)

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