Proper Use of Detergent
Use only detergent specifically made for use in dishwashers. Cascade®
Automatic Dishwashing Detergent has been approved for use in all GE
dishwashers. Keep your detergent fresh and dry. Don't put detergent
into the dispenser until you're ready to wash dishes.
You'll find two detergent dispensers on the
inside door of your dishwasher. All wash cycles
except RINSE ONLY require detergent in the main
cup. Wash cycles with a pre-wash and a main
wash will also use the open cup. The amount of
detergent to use depends on whether your
water is hard or soft . With hard water, fill the
main cup and open cup completely. With soft
water, fill both cups halfway. When using automatic dishwashing
detergent tabs, simply place one tab in the main cup and close.
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 .
NOTE: To open detergent cup after it has
been closed, unlatch the door. Press the
START/RESET pad three times within two
seconds and the detergent cup will release.
You may also turn the detergent cup handle
counter-clockwise until it releases. A snapping sound may be heard.
Forget to Add a Dish?
A forgotten dish can be added any time before the main wash.
Push the door latch to the left.
Do not open the door until the water spray action stops. Steam
may rise out of the dishwasher.
Add forgotten dishes.
Close the door and push the latch to the far right.