First of all, you might be asking what is ‘flexible dosing’ anyway? It’s very simple, it just means varying the amount of dishwasher detergent you use depending on the wash.
It’s something you can only do with dishwasher powder or gels. Dishwasher tablets have many benefits but because they are a ‘one size fits every wash’ dose, one of the things they don’t offer is the ability to change the amount you use.
So what are the benefits of changing the dose? Whether you’re using powder or gels the main benefits are cost efficiency and performance. Now let’s look at the specific benefits of flexible dosing with either powder or gel:
Powder is the original dishwasher detergent and it has a great cleaning performance for an amazing clean in small or large loads. It’s easy to use the required amount and, it’s a great option for removing burnt on stains from pots and pans.
Gels on the other hand are more suitable for delicate items like glassware and short cycles. They are also fast acting because they don’t need time to dissolve like dishwasher powder does. One thing to remember is that dishwasher gels are not the same as hand washing up liquid! In fact, dishwasher gels are designed specifically for dishwashers with low foaming properties, whereas hand washing up liquid has a high foam action which is required for hand dish washing but can damage dishwashers.
To sum up, always follow pack instructions and consider using Finish powder for long cycles or more heavily soiled pots and pans and Finish gels for regular and short cycles or a delicate cycle of glassware and plates. And given the benefits of flexible dosing you might even want to consider having Finish tablets, gels and powder at hand so you always get the perfect clean and shine whatever type of wash you’re doing.