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Where to Put Dishwasher Tablets

If you’ve seen posts on social media about putting dishwasher detergent tablets in the bottom of the dishwasher, you may have been puzzled as to whether this is a good idea. After all, most people are accustomed to putting dishwasher tablets in the designated spot in the door of their machine. So, where should you put them? Keep reading to learn more about where to put dishwasher tablets. 

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Always Put Dishwasher Tablets in the Detergent Dispenser

Your dishwasher’s detergent dispenser is designed for powdered detergent as well as tablets. While adding your dishwashing tablets directly into the dishwasher can appear to be an easier option (and lots of folks on social media seem to recommend this option), it’s important to remember that their power will be greatly diminished. 

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By placing dishwasher tablets in the dispenser, you are allowing them to work properly and ensuring that they thoroughly clean your dishes. 

Why You Shouldn't Put Dishwasher Tablets In the Bottom of the Dishwasher

Dishwasher tablets are a convenient and cost-effective way to ensure dishes sparkle when they come out of the machine. Based on what you’ve seen on social media, you may be tempted to drop the tablet into the bottom of the dishwasher and close the door, with no regard for where it actually lands. However, this practice should be avoided, as it can have serious consequences.

Our plastic-free dishwasher tablets simply break down too quickly when placed in the bottom of the machine. When they dissolve too quickly, all of the detergent is used up during the pre-wash without leaving any behind for the rest of the wash cycle. This, of course, means your dishes likely won’t get as clean. 

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Even though all dishwasher tablets dissolve quickly in water, misplacing them can lead to overflow errors or cause blockages that are difficult to correct. To avoid these issues and get your dishes clean every time, take a few extra seconds to ensure that the tablet is sitting securely in the designated spot in your dishwasher.

If your dishwasher tablets don’t dissolve fully in the dispenser or they don’t seem to get your dishes clean, please reach out to us directly. We’d be more than happy to help! 

Can Dishwasher Tablets Be Used for Hand Washing? 

If you've ever run out of dishwashing detergent and needed to wash something in a pinch, you may have wondered if it's possible to use dishwasher tabs for washing dishes by hand. Because dishwasher tabs are formulated to work in a machine, they are not ideal for handwashing.

Additional Tips for Sparkling Clean Dishes

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Keeping dishes sparkling and clean can be a challenge with regular use. To ensure clean and germ-free dishes time after time, there are a few additional dishwashing tips you should keep in mind. Start by investing in reusable paper towels, which are not just better for the environment but also more effective for scouring off oil and grease without soaking up too much soapy water at the same time. And they’re perfect for removing large food particles from your dishes prior to loading them in the dishwasher. Additionally, don't forget to rinse your dishcloths, sponges and even reusable paper towels often — ideally after every single use — to reduce the buildup of bacteria both on those items as well as on your dishes. 

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To keep your dishwasher in top shape and ensure that it will wash your dishes properly, it's important to clean it regularly. Start by removing any food particles or pieces of broken glass caught in the filter. Check the hoses and seals for any blockages or cracks as well. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the interior walls and racks every few months. Once a year, it's also a good idea to run an empty cycle with vinegar or baking soda in the dishwasher to help remove any odors or buildup. Following these steps will help keep your dishwasher running efficiently and aid in preventing any potential damage! 


Using dishwasher tablets is an easy and effective way to get your dishes clean with little effort on your part. Be sure to put them in the main dispenser for best results, and don't use them for hand washing dishes. For tough messes, pre-wash or soak plates before putting them in the dishwasher. Following these tips will ensure sparkling clean dishes every time. Our dishwashing tablets are designed for optimal cleaning power, so give them a try today!

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