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The detergent dispenser has two compartments. Toopen,
press the button (_ndthe cover will flip back.The pre-wash
compartment is on the lid of the detergent dispenser.
Use the pre-wash compartment only when your water is
extremely hard or when you have a heavy soiledload.The
pre-wash compartment is not usedwhen tablet or packet
detergents are used.
Number of
Detergent Cup(s) to Fill
Less than 4
!5 cup
4 to 8
25 cup
8to 12
15 and 25 cup
Greater than 12
15 and 25 cup and the open cup
Youmay usetablet, packet, powder, liquid orgel automatic
dishwasher detergent. Make sureyou useonly detergents
specifically labeled for use in automatic dishwashers.
Never use liquid hand dish detergent in an automatic
dishwasher. Sudsing and poor wash performance will
result with the use of improper detergents.
Detergents should be stored in a dry location and in their
original container to prevent loss of effectiveness. Place
detergent in the cup just prior to starting the dishwasher
and then close the cover. The cover will open during the
wash cycle.
Filling the Detergent
GE recommends using detergent in tablet or packet form.
Independent testing has shown this form of detergent is
very effective in the dishwasher.
Cascade ® Platinum
Pacs are an example of this type of detergent. Simply
put a tablet or packet into the main wash compartment
and close the detergent
cup cover. Please notice that
the tablet or packet must be placed in the main wash
of the detergent cup. Ifthe tablet or packet
is tossed in the bottom of the dishwasher, the detergent
will be flushed down the drain in a very short period of
time and will thus be wasted. Wash performance will be
very poor as a result.
If you choose to use detergent in powder, liquid or gel
form, the amount of detergent you usewill be determined
by the hardness of your water, the temperature of your
water, and the food soil loud inside the dishwasher.
Contact your water company to get information about
the hardness of the water in your area.Water hardness is
measured in grains per gallon. Use this information and
the table above to determine the amount of detergent
to use. You may purchase a hard water test strip
from GE.Call 1-877-959-8688 and ask for part number
WD0:1×10295.In Canada, call 1-800-661-1616.
Usingtoo much detergentwith very softand/orvery hot water
may cause a condition called etching on your glassware.
Etching is a permanent cloudinessin your glassware.This
conditionis irreversible. However, u singtoo little detergentwill
causepoorwash performance.
Usethe tableas a startingpoint and then adjust the amount
of detergent you use. Usejust enough to get good wash
performance.Usingjust the right amount of detergent will
providegreatwash performance withoutwastingdetergentor
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 floorand making the floorwet.
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.
Whilethere will be no lastingdamageto the dishwasher, y our
disheswill not get cleanusinga dishwashingdetergentthat is
not formulatedfor automaticdishwashers.



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