Dishwasher tablets, or powder?

November 23rd, 2012

Appliance Questions

Want to know whether to use dishwasher tablets or dishwasher powder? Today, Appliances Online reveals all on this controversial issue. Read on and find out!

Dishwasher tablets are best

I knew how much you were dying to find out, so I thought I’d just be upfront about it and tell you, definitively, that tablets are what you should be using. True fact!

Now that your question has been satisfactorily answered, you are free to go about your day. Bye!

…or, if you would like a little more detail on the subject, please allow me to elaborate:

Dishwasher tablets are best because:

They deliver a precise detergent dosage every time – not too much, not too little.

In circumstances where too much detergent is used, it creates excess foam inside the dishwasher. Too much foam can mess with the water level sensors, which could lead to leaks – or, in the worst case scenario, a flood:

Furthermore, excess foam can decrease the life of your dishwasher. So although dishwasher tablets might be a little bit more expensive, you will end up saving money on expensive repairs – or the expense of having to buy a new dishwasher.

Which are the best dishwasher tablets?

First things first – always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using your dishwasher.

But generally speaking, Morning Fresh or Finish dishwashing tablets are a good choice. (Note: cheaper alternatives tend to contain high detergent levels – which takes you right back to square one!)

If you have a Bosch dishwasherFinish dishwasher tablets have been designed in conjunction with Bosch to deliver optimum results.

How do I use dishwasher tablets?

Again, for best results please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions that came with your dishwasher.

In most cases, you should be able to just place the unwrapped tablet in the main dishwasher dispenser, and close. Use only one tablet per load.

What does the ‘Powerball®’ do?

If you’re using Finish dishwashing tablets, you will note that there is a bright red ball in the centre of the tablet. This is rinse aid – which is important for removing detergent residues from your dishes, and for getting your glassware so clean it sparkles.

Can I make homemade dishwasher tablets?

Short answer: we do not recommend this!

However, there is at least one person on the internet who swears by a concoction of baking soda, Borax, salt, citric acid, and sugar-free lemon-flavoured Kool-Aid. Try at your own peril!

Can I use ordinary soap in my dishwasher?

No! Have you ever seen what happens when someone puts detergent in a fountain?

I rest my case.

Any other questions, please give us a call on: 1300 000 500. Our customer support team is happy to answer your dishwasher questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

You might also like to check out our awesome Dishwasher Buying Guide.

Louise is a writer with a passion for appliances, especially those that involve food. She is particularly fond of ovens because they enable her to make cake. Apart from baking Louise also enjoys listening to alternative music, dying her hair various unnatural colours and writing poetry that has been described (by her Nan) as 'quite nice'. On her appliance wish list is a Hello Kitty toaster and 'Hero' the barking dog-shaped hot dog maker. She lives in Sydney. Google+

2 responses to “Dishwasher tablets, or powder?”

  1. Roro says:

    :)) I love how this article was written, entertaining AND informative 😀 thank you.

  2. Mark Bristow says:

    Thanks Roro! We hope you found it useful!

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