How much detergent should I be using in my dishwasher?

Determining the correct amount of detergent has to do with a variety of factors that extend beyond the basic operations of a dishwasher. 

  • Refer to your user manual for cycle settings and detergent recommendations for your specific model. 
  • Read the detergent manufacturer guidelines regarding amount of detergent for varying levels and types of soiled dishware.   

Things to consider:

  • Water hardness *
  • Water temperature
  • Dish types (cups and plates vs pots and pans)
  • Condition (baked on grease stains vs slightly stained coffee mug)

* The harder the water, the more detergent you may need. Adjust the amount of detergent you need by small amounts until you find the correct amount. Please contact your local water utility company if you have questions about the hardness of your water.

DO always read the instructions on your detergent's packaging. The guidelines listed on the detergent packaging are the most accurate representation of the amount of detergent to be used. 

DO refer to the user manual for your dishwasher appliance.  Various wash cycle settings may specify variations to amount of detergent required.

DO NOT overfill or use too much detergent.  Excess detergent will result in the inability for a dishwasher to  properly dissolve and rinse leaving residue on dishes, internal components and can lead to performance issues over time.

DO NOT use hand dish detergent in a dishwasher.  Using a detergent that is not specifically designed for dishwashers will cause the dishwasher to fill with suds. During operation, these suds will spill out of the dishwasher vents.