Manual Detergent Dispenser
Your dishwasher comes equipped with a manual dispenser
and, on some models, an automatic liquid dishwasher
detergent dispenser (SmartDispense
of these dispensers, but don't use both at the same time.
The cover of the main wash section will open during the
wash cycle. If you are using SmartDispense
cover of the main wash section dispenser open before
starting the cycle.
You may use powder, liquid, gel or tablets in the manual
dispenser. It is important to keep powdered detergents and
tablets fresh and dry so they don't lose effectiveness.
Therefore, do not put detergent into the manual dispenser
until you are ready to wash dishes.
Filling Manual Detergent Dispenser
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 guide to
determine the amount of automatic dishwasher detergent
to place in the dispenser. You may use powder, liquid, gel
or tablets in this dispenser.
When using automatic dishwashing detergent tablets,
simply place one tablet in the main wash section and close
Detergent Cups to Fill
Less than 4
Fill cup to soft line (1/3 full)
4 to 8
Fill cup to medium soft line (2/3 full)
8 to 12
Fill cup to medium hard line
Fill both main wash cup
and pre wash cup
). You can use either
, leave the
For heavily soiled loads, use a bit more detergent. For water
temperatures above 140°F, use a bit less detergent.
For heavily soiled loads, use the Pots and Pans or Heavy Wash
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.