I've rather stupidly put dishwasher detergent in the salt container. I
poured loads in before I realised what I was doing. The detergent seems
to have partially dissolved in the water of the salt container, with a
slight scum on top.
I haven't tried anything for fear of making it worse. Any ideas?
I don't know if it will harm the ion exchange resin in the water
softener, but I would assume it might in the absence of any firm
information to the contrary. The brine from the salt container is
only washed into the ion exchange resin at a certain point in the
wash cycle (tyically near the end, but that might vary in different
machines as it doesn't matter when it's done), so providing you
haven't run the system, it probably hasn't done any harm yet.
You could probably syphon the salt container empty and rinse out
a number of times by refilling with water and emptying again, and
the detergent will probably not get anywhere where it might do any
I'd suggest dropping the outlet hose to the floor or at least below the
front of the "well" of the dishwasher. Then use a garden hose in the salt
filler point to flush out the chamber of the offending detergent.
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