The two soap dispensers on my dishwasher contain 5 tablespoons each of
Assuming 1 tbsp of TSP per load, the proper ratio then is 10:1
So you get a big mixing bowl, measure out the diswashing detergent and add
1/10th that amount of TSP. Mix thoroughly. Mix some more. Put the mixture
back in detergent container*.
If you are of the opinion that only 1 teaspoon of TSP is appropriate for a
load of dishes, then the dilution factor should be 30:1 (1 tablespoon = 3
* Cut an "X" in the top of the now-empty detergent box, using a funnel, pour
your mixture back in the box. Heal the "X" cut with duct tape.
I was assuming that one filled the dispensers with powdered or liquid
detergent then flung a teaspoon or tablespoon of TSP into the bowels of the
machine. In so doing, the ratio would be 10:1 (or 30:1).
One dispenser dumps its contents as you close the door. The other on the
subsequent wash cycle.
Not thinking on the project much, I had been broadcasting the TSP additive
into the machine just before closing the door which, of course, limited its
action to the first wash cycle.
To the process of adding TSP to your dishwashing detergent. The previous
method required measuring the quantity of detergent in a new box to
calculate the amount of TSP to add to obtain the proper ration (10:1 -
You need not measure the amount of detergent that goes into the mixing bowl
You can measure the box.
Multiply the length x width x height in inches to get the total cubic inches
of detergent. There are almost 0.07 cups per cubic inch. So, if you have a
box that's 10 x 3 x 10", you have 300 cubic inches of stuff or 300 x 0.07 21 cups.
For a 10:1 addition, add a scosch more than two cups of TSP to the mix.
Phosphates were removed from diswashing detergents last summer. Dishes are
not getting sparkling clean as a result. Food sticks to fork tines, flatware
is smoky dull, dried scum is abundant.
Adding a smidgen of TSP to the wash restores the luster, the gleam, the
other-worldy beauty to otherwise lifeless eating utensils and dishes.
It's a miracle.
Yep, that'll work.
There are those of us, however, who do not wash dishes before we put them in
the dish washer. Neither do we hone our skill on hand-sawing boards before
activating the Skil saw. We do not mow the lawn with a pair of scissors
before breaking out the lawn mower.
I understand washing dishes by hand because they weren't getting clean in
the dishwasher. Try NOT hand washing and adding TSP to the machine.
Don't read more into my post than what I put in it. I RINSE them, I do
not WASH them, before stacking them in other side of sink. As in 'run
the side the food touched under the running water one pass'. I do this
just to keep the stink down until I load the dishwasher. I keep them
topside in sink so that I remember to run dishwasher. I also don't
bother to UNload dishwasher until I need to run another load. Living
alone and only eating maybe a dozen meals a week at home, I don't
generate dishes very fast, so NOT rinsing them is not a good option- no
DW can be expected to clean dried concrete very well.
Not slamming anyone who needs spiked DW detergents due to their habits
and/or local water peculiarities. Just saying that with the water I have
here, and my cheapy entry-level DW and lousy water pressure, liquid
Cascade (I think, the bottle is green) works fine. I only fill the
dispenser cup about 2/3 full, and don't use any rinse agents or
anything. I also keep 'auto dry' turned off, and just crack the door
after cycle ends. Perhaps baking the wet dishes is one thing that
promotes spots? Not curious enough to experiment.
But what happens with the pellets? If you put it in the second
dispenser, all you have for the first cycle is hot water.
If you put it in the first dispenser, for the second cycle, just hot
The boxes say to put the pellet in the "main dishwashing detergent
dispenser" but they don't say which one that is.
The first non-detergent cycle is intended to wash off any of the larger food
particles and rinse off anything that will rinse off without detergent. The
second (or third) cycle is when the lid pops open and releases the detergent.
You can put detergent in the open cup if you have a particularly dirty load,
Using only the open cup for detergent is not optimal.
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