Oops -- instead of detergent, you put dish soap in the dishwasher. The result? A sudsy mess. Now what?
How to make a bigger mess than the one you're trying to clean up: Put regular soap in the dishwasher. Photo: tidefan, Flickr
Who would make the mistake of putting regular dish soap in the dishwasher
? My husband, that's who. Don't get me wrong, my husband is a really smart guy. And to be fair, the details of who caused the messy incident are still up for debate in our home. But details aside, somebody
put regular soap in the dishwasher, and we didn't notice until the suds
were spilling out the appliance's door and onto the kitchen floor.
Has this happened to you? Maybe you didn't even use the wrong soap. You could have just left a bowl to soak with dish soap in the sink and didn't rinse it well enough before putting it in the dishwasher. Maybe you didn't know that regular dish soap could have disastrous results in the dishwasher. Whatever the reason, it really doesn't matter. What counts is the solution to this sudsy mess, which I'm here to help you with.
Here's a simple and natural solution to this dishwasher disaster:
- Cool the water
by gathering all the ice cubes you have in the freezer and tossing them into the bottom of the dishwasher. If it's winter and some snow has accumulated outside, scoop some up and dump it in there.
- Scoop out as much of the soapy suds as you can.
You'll never get them all, so clear out what you can with your hands and a sponge, and let the next few steps work for you.
- Sprinkle salt on the suds.
Regular table salt will do.
- Pour some vinegar into the suds.
Use white vinegar -- the kind you'd use for cleaning.
- Turn your dishwasher on
and run a quick rinse cycle.
- Scoop out any more suds
that have formed during the cycle.
- Run the dishwasher's mini-cycle a few more times.
The first time or two, monitor things so that the suds don't get out of control. The vinegar and salt should control this.
Once you run a clean mini-cycle without and suds forming, your problem should be solved and you can go ahead and run a regular load
Ever have a dishwasher disaster? Share your story -- and your solution -- in the comments.
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