Which detergent for Kitchenaid dishwasher?

olivertwistkitchenAugust 12, 2013

Just bought a KitchenAid dishwasher: KUDE60HXSS

Any recommendations out there for a good detergent to use with this DW? I prefer something eco-friendly.


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A lot people around here like this one below.

Method Smarty Dish Detergent - Pink Grapefruit -

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 4:47AM
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In my KA I use Quantum Finish tabs and they work great - probably not considered eco-friendly but now that phosphates have been banned, all detergents are more eco-friendly than they used to be.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 10:11AM
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I use the Quantum Finish or Cascade Platinum in my KA. I will try the Method one mentioned, it will be interesting to see if it performs as well as the ones I use now.

This post was edited by Caya26 on Mon, Aug 12, 13 at 12:05

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:04PM
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I second the Method Smarty Tabs, but I like the unscented version. I don't like the Grapefruit, and prefer the unscented, but that is my personal taste. It's more important to know that the Method Smarty tabs do not contain bleach (I don't want the bleach smell when I open the DW door), and get my dishes clean. Note that I break the tabs in half most of the time, which has also been reported by other posters on this forum who use Method Smarty tabs. A good smack on the granite counter edge breaks them in half. Of course, breaking them in half also halves my cost, but besides that, people who use too much detergent, whether it's Smarty Tabs or something else, have reported whitish residue and etching on glasses and dishes. The manufacturers all recommend on their directions too much detergent, the better to sell more of it!

Other tips: scrape, but don't rinse the dishes. Also, turn on the hot water at the sink before running the DW, especially in winter. That flushes out the ice cold water from the pipes, so that the water going into your DW is hot from the get-go. I also use Jet-Dry, but the need for a rinse-aid depends on your water quality, so experiment with your DW. If you decide you like Method Smarty Tabs, you can buy them in bulk on Amazon for less than they sell them at Target.

Here is a link that might be useful: Method Smarty Tabs at Target

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 6:32PM
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