• Detergent packs are more convenient than powders or gels, but they cost more. You'll need to measure traditional powders and gels, while gel packs and tabs come pre-measured. Powders are typically least expensive, while gel packs are most expensive.
  • Hard water can leave cloudy mineral deposits behind. These deposits should be washed off before using dishes.
  • Pre-rinsing is often unnecessary with modern detergents and dishwashers.
  • Using too much dishwasher detergent can leave a film on dishes. If you're getting film, try using less of the product.
  • Do not use manual dishwashing soap in a dishwasher. It will make far too many suds and may cause your dishwasher to overflow.
  • Most homemade dishwasher detergent recipes call for Borax. However, the manufacturer of Borax doesn't recommend its use because it may scratch glasses and dishware.
  • The type of water you have -- hard or soft -- can affect how well a dishwasher detergent works. Hard water contains more calcium than soft water, which can cause streaking on glassware. If your water is especially hard, you may want to consider using a rinse agent to prevent deposits.

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