Dishwasher - Using the Right Detergent and Rinse Agent

Using the correct detergent and a rinse agent will help your dishwasher provide a better wash.


Dishwasher Detergent:

Use only powder, liquid, tablet or pod (packet) detergent designed specifically for use with automatic dishwashers. Any other types of soap or detergent may cause excessive suds inside the dishwasher. This will result in a poor wash performance and can possibly cause suds and water to leak out onto your kitchen floor.


It is important to use high quality detergents such as Cascade® Platinum™ ActionPacs™ or Finish® Quantum® Automatic Dishwashing Detergent.


Detergent Storage:

Keep your detergent in a sealed container away from humidity or moisture. You can keep liquid, tablet, and pod detergents indefinitely in a dry location; however, powder detergent does get old and less effective over time.


Detergent Amount:

Use only the amount of detergent you need. For tips on how much to use, visit Dishwasher - Detergent Use and Water Hardness.


Rinse Agent:

Use a high quality rinse agent such as Cascade® Platinum™ Power Dry™ Rinse Aid or Finish® Jet-Dry® Rinse Aid in the rinse agent dispenser.


Benefit of a Rinse Agent:

  • Improved drying performance

  • Prevents film and spots from forming on dishes


Correct Use of a Rinse Agent:

  1. Make sure the dishwasher door is fully open.

  2. Open the rinse agent dispenser cover.

  3. Slowly add rinse agent until the dispenser reservoir is full. You may need to pause several times to allow the rinse agent to settle.

  4. Clean up any spilled rinse agent with a damp towel to prevent foam from forming inside the dishwasher.

  5. Close the rinse agent cover.

  6. Adjust the rinse agent setting to the desired amount using the adjuster (clockwise to increase, counterclockwise to decrease)

  7. See your Owner's Manual for more information on rinse agent amount recommendations.