A dishwasher is a modern convenience that saves plenty of time to carry on with life and not slave over a sink full of dirty dishes. Once you have a dishwasher, you will quickly learn there are several different types of dish detergent on the market. The question is, How do you choose?
Liquid needs to be measured for each load, but easily mixes with any type of water. However, it can be a messy process. Since it is easily dissolved, it isn't as abrasive to the washer as other alternatives. The liquid grabs the stains and neutralizes the pH which makes the bond to the surface of the dishes weaker.
If too much is used for each cycle, it can clog the working parts, and it can leave a film on the dishes. It might be necessary to use more if you have hard water.
Powder pacs are premeasured in small packages and will dissolve best in soft water. They prevent the need for extra rinsing and can also prevent unsightly water spots. You only have to pay a small difference for the convenience. However, the pacs provide only one amount of detergent for a cycle whether it is a small or large load.
Cost: Sears documented liquid costs $0.22 per wash load versus $.25 per load with the powder pac.
Comparisons of Each: Both products are good at removing grease and grime from the dishes and won't harm home septic systems or treatment facilities. By using a liquid, it is more difficult to identify the coating/deposits formed in the washer versus a powder product. The liquid adheres to the surface and can cause internal corrosion.
The pacs easily remove the detergent from utensils using a minimum of rinsing pressure whereas the liquids must have an optimum of more pressure. For that specific reason, it would be better to use a pac.
With every decision you make in life, there are going to be benefits and drawbacks. In the end, only you can decide whether detergent or pacs are the better option for you and your dishwashing needs. If you have small children and decide to go with the pacs, just take care to keep them put up as the bright colors and swirly designs on the pacs tend to be very inviting to children. It is also important to be aware of any specifics your dishwasher has or requires when it comes to soap choices.
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