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Miele Distinction 500 Operating Instructions Manual: Detergent; Water Softeners; Washing With Several Components

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All modern detergents produced for
automatic washing machines are
suitable, including liquid, compact
(concentrated), tablets, liquid tablets
and special application detergents.
Use dispensing aids, e.g. balls, if these
are supplied with the detergent. Tablets
are suitable for full loads but note that it
may be impractical to reduce tablets for
smaller loads. Some tablets do not
dissolve as rapidly as others and may
not be suitable for Quick wash
Woollens and knitwear containing wool
mixtures and hand-washable garments
should be washed using a detergent
specifically designed for washing
Silk should be washed using a liquid
detergent specifically designed for
washing woollens. Do not use
biological detergents on silk as the
enzymes may damage the silk!
Instructions for use and recommended
amounts for a full load are given on the
detergent packaging.
Liquid detergent
Liquid detergent should be dispensed
using a ball provided by the manufac-
turer for programmes without a
For programmes with a pre-wash you
will need to purchase a special con-
tainer from the Miele Spare Parts de-
partment which sits in the main wash
compartment j of the detergent dis-
penser drawer. Add liquid detergent to
this container for the main wash and to
compartment i for the pre-wash.
The right amount to dispense will
depend on the following:
– The quantity of laundry.
– The soiling level of the laundry.
Lightly soiled
No visible dirt or stains. Possibly
slight body odour.
Normally soiled
Visibly dirty and/or just a few slight
Heavily soiled
Stains and soiling clearly visible.
– The water hardness level.
Check with your local water supplier
if you do not know the water
hardness level in your area.

Water softeners

A water softener can be used to cut
down on the use of detergents in
extremely hard water areas. Dispense
according to the amount specified on
the packaging. First add detergent and
then the water softener.
Use a quantity of detergent as for soft
Miele do not recommend connecting
the machine to a household water
Washing with several
If you wash using several components
(e.g. special application detergents),
dispense them into compartment j in
the following order:
1. Detergent
2. Water softener
3. Stain remover
This way the agents are distributed
more efficiently.


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