Dishwashing is a chore that all households have to do with. The main consumable in the dishwashing machine is the soap or detergent that actually removes grease and dirt. To get the best out of your dishwashing liquid, you must follow a few procedures that are not too difficult to pursue.
We recommend dishwashing detergent as a dishwasher soap alternative, because it brings in efficiency, consumes lesser quantity of washing inputs and finally works well with most water types. The reason we recommend dish detergent as dishwasher soap alternative is that most manufacturers of dishwashing machines design their products presuming that consumers will be mostly using detergents. Solid soaps and soap powders are slowing but definitely being replaced with liquid dish detergents.
To get the best out of dishwashing machines and to make dish detergents work better for you, the first step you must take is learning to feed the detergent properly in the machine. In older machines, liquid detergents were simply poured into the water and then fed into the machines, this used to work, but now we know it is not efficient. Feeding the right detergent in right quantities at the right moment is critical to saving money and getting great results. This is especially true in a large commercial kitchen (restaurants, bottling plants and packing factories) setting where expenditures on detergents and water usage have to be controlled.
Why the emphasis on proper loading of the dishwasher?
In a small household, a few the of excess detergent or deficiencies will not make a big difference because it can be compensated by giving the dishes an extra wash. Even the water expended will not make a difference. But imagine a soft drink manufacturing plant using bulk dishwashing liquid discharging thousands of litres of spent water into land and polluting groundwater resources. Though the example we cite is related to a factory setting, it is equally applicable to home settings as well.
The major factors that need to be considered when feeding bulk dishwashing liquid into the machines are:
- The quantity of feed – quantity plays an important factor because more is not essentially better outcome. In fact excess feeding can result in larger suds that the machines cannot cope up with. As a rule go by what the machine maker and bulk dishwashing liquid company recommends but there is always enough space for you to experiment. Understand that no manufacture can foresee all possible situations to give you a customised recommendation.
- The quality of feed – the quality of feed determines the quantity. When detergents have more of those active ingredients, a lesser quantity will suffice but you will have to increase the quantity if active ingredients are less. Often your detergent company will give you the quantity of active ingredients that their products have in it. Detergents also come in highly concentrated form and therefore need to be diluted. Concentrated liquids are considered best because it puts more control in your hands.
- Loading frequency – feeding the determined quantity as a single dose is never considered a good practice. A better way to do it is feeding in smaller quantities in several cycles. It all depends on the grit and greasiness of the dishes you are processing. For good results separate the dishes – tea cups may need fewer sessions than plates with more greasy oil for example.
- Place at proper location – feeding a machine with washing detergents is not just pouring the liquid into the machine and letting it run; machines are not designed for this. In most modern machines, a separate feeding mechanism is provided. Some are designed for powders and some for liquid. By placing the detergent at the right location, the machine is able to absorb the right quantity at the right time and save on the input. Read the operating manual – the location is different for different machines.
Here is what you get when proper procedures are adopted in feeding dishwashing machines – suds are minimized, washing is thorough, there is faster turnover, wear and tear is minimized, and you spend less on replacements, consumable consumption is reduced and overall the durability is increased and electricity consumption comes down substantially.