While there’s only one main difference between dish soap and dishwashing detergent, it’s a big one. The difference is that dishwashing detergent does not create suds, but dish soap does. If you accidentally put dish soap in your dishwasher, it can be a headache with bubbles overflowing out the sides of your closed dishwasher. In case that happens often, the soap scum build-up could eventually damage your dishwasher.
If you’ve ever dealt with this or are currently facing this, don’t fret. We’ll tell you how to restore your dishwasher to prevent future problems. If your dishwasher stops working for any reason, you can book an appliance repair technician on Pulled to get your dishwasher back in shape.
What Do You Do If Dish Soap Was Used?
First things first, stop the dishwasher immediately. If you catch it in time, you can prevent the suds from overflowing. The sooner you turn off the dishwasher, the better chance you have of keeping suds from entering the dishwasher’s internal components.
Once you cancel the cycle, your dishwasher should start draining. While this won’t clear everything out, it will make the clean-up process a little less damp.
Clean up any overflow.
If the suds have already poured out before you could stop the cycle in time, you’ll have some cleaning up to do. Make sure to clean up any water from cabinetry or floorboards and use a wet mop to clean up the overflow, since the mixture is water and soap, and wiping it up with dry towels can leave residue behind.
Remove the dishes to create space
Open the dishwasher after it finishes draining and move the dishes into the sink.
Rinse off the dishes in the sink to remove any excess soap before it dries. After you’re done giving them a rinse, you can put them back in the washer for another cycle, once you’ve cleared all of the suds!
How to get suds out of the dishwasher
Make sure to rinse out and dry the inside of your dishwasher, before starting any new cycles, as not cleaning it out fully will cause you to constantly have problems with suds and soap scum.
You can use a small bowl or bucket to fill your dishwasher with clean water to rinse suds down the drain. You can also use a bucket of clean water with a large sponge and try to suck up most of the suds with the sponge, rinsing in the bucket of water.
Once you’ve rinsed all of the dishwasher’s suds out, use towels to wipe down and dry out any remaining water. This may require removing the drawers to complete this step.
Turn on the rinse cycle and let it run
Once you’ve manually removed all of the suds you can yourself, you’ll need to run a rinse cycle for three to five minutes, to remove any remaining suds and residue from internal components. This should free you of any remaining dish soap in your dishwasher. Once you’ve completed all of these steps, your dishwasher should be back in working condition.
Don’t Put Dishwashing Soap in Dishwasher!
While you’ve lived to tell this tale, always try to ensure you use the right dishwashing detergent, and NEVER be tempted to try dish soap if you run out of dishwashing detergent! The next time this or any other plumbing emergency happens book your plumbing or appliance repair service with Pulled.