Dishwashing Gel Facts: How to Choose a Detergent That Suits Your Tableware

Dishwashing Gel is growing in popularity as an alternative to powder detergent. It’s easy to use, and economical when you buy all-in-one detergent and rinse aid products. While dishwashing gel from reputable brands offers the same high cleaning performance as other types of detergent, there are still inferior products on the market that need to be avoided – especially when cleaning glasses and other delicate tableware.

Why use Dishwashing Gel?

There are more reasons to wash your tableware in a dishwasher than just the convenience and water savings it offers. Dishwasher gel for dishwashers is a very different product to liquid soap for sinks – the latter should never be used in dishwashers as it can cause serious damage to components and shorten the machine’s lifespan.

Hand washing dishes is practical for individual items and small loads, but tableware cleaned in the sink and left to dry on draining boards or racks will normally lose its sheen and can be subject to spotting, even after thorough rinsing. Similarly, hand-drying tableware can cause streaks and may transfer bacteria if tea-towels are not changed regularly.

High-performance dishwashing gel works at higher temperatures, using a range of chemicals and enzymes to clean and shine tableware, while rinse cycles ensure that your dishes come out dry and spotless.

Choosing Dishwashing Gel

Check whether your dishwasher requires certain types or brands of detergent before shopping for dishwashing gel, as using incompatible products will damage the machine and may require repairs or even replacement. Your tableware may also have special requirements from washing liquid, especially fragile and high sheen items such as glasses and glass dishes, which may be permanently damaged or stained by lower quality detergents.

If you have been satisfied with dishwashing powder or dishwasher tablets in the past, find out whether the same brand also offers liquid detergent. Some liquid detergents incorporate rinse aid, dishwasher protector, and other dishwashing enhancers, which can save you money compared to buying these separately.

Tableware washing tips

Most tableware is suitable for machine washing with a good washing liquid. Avoid damaging your expensive tableware by following these tips:

  • Dishes should be loaded in separate spaces on the rack and should not come into contact with metal objects and dinnerware.
  • Alternatively, insert paper towels between plates to avoid contact.
  • Use short dishwasher cycles with Finish (or a good quality dishwashing Gel detergent) for china and delicate tableware.