Using the dishwasher.
Proper Use of Detergent
Use only detergent specifically made for use
in dishwashers. Cascade
Automatic Dishwashing Detergents have been
approved for use in all GE dishwashers. Keep
your detergent fresh and dry. Don't put powder
detergent into the dispenser until you're ready
to wash dishes.
The amount of detergent to use depends on
whether your water is hard or soft. With hard
water, you need extra detergent. With soft water,
you need less detergent.
Protect your dishes and dishwasher by
contacting your water department and asking
how hard your water is. Twelve or more grains
is extremely hard water. A water softener is
recommended. Without it, lime can build up
in the water valve, which could stick while open
and cause flooding. Too much detergent with
soft water can cause a permanent cloudiness
of glassware, called etching.
Use the information in the table below as a
guideline to determine the amount of automatic
dishwasher detergent to place in the dispenser.
Less than 4
4 to 8
8 to 12
Forget to Add a Dish?
A forgotten dish can be added any time before
the main wash.
Squeeze the door latch to release the door.
Do not open the door until the water spray
action stops. Steam may rise out of the
Detergent Cups to Fill
Fill cup to first line
Fill cup to second line
Fill main wash cup
Fill both Main Wash and
Pre Wash cup
For heavily-soiled loads, use the Pots and Pans or
Heavy Wash cycle and add a little extra detergent.
DO NOT USE HAND DISH DETERGENT
NOTE: 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, covering the kitchen
floor and making the floor wet.
Because so many detergent containers look alike,
store the dishwasher detergent in a separate space
from all other cleaners. Show anyone who may use
the dishwasher the correct detergent and where
it is stored.
While there will be no lasting damage to the
dishwasher, your dishes will not get clean using a
dishwashing detergent that is not formulated to
work with dishwashers.
Add forgotten dishes.
Close the door.