W5 Classic Dishwasher Tablets, New Improved Formula, 60 Family Pack, £2.95 instore @ Lidl
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W5 Classic Dishwasher Tablets, New Improved Formula, 60 Family Pack, £2.95 instore @ Lidl

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Found 10th Mar 2017
This was in the Duke Street, Glasgow store. Not in Lidl enough to know if this is an ongoing offer but great for the price, and well-rated in reviews too!

Says "New! Improved Formula/Phosphate Free" on packs.

Also, if you want to really penny-pinch, I can see many on MSE halve their dishwasher tablets (doesn't really make much difference to me as I have a tabletop washer!!) but worth a try experimenting!

Some other MSErs use white vinegar as Rinse Aid. Citric Acid or White Vinegar as a once a month maintenance hot wash (not tried those).

Some say Soda Crystals but not sure if that's too harsh. forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sho…727 (seems they're recommended more for wiping around doors and cleaning filters - with a hot Soda Crystals solution).
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we use these, really impressed with them
Much better than more expensive brands
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http://i.imgur.com/kE9zGKS.jpg
really keep meaning to try these was there earlier
them refuse sacks look cheap also.
Edited by: "VCB-160" 10th Mar 2017
4.9p each

I think I prefer the 7p Fairy all in ones
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Fairy Dishwasher Tablets are my preferred brand too, but think I might try these out. Have no qualms about using Lidl (Formil) or Aldi (Almat) washing powders and liquids, and they seem just as good, so worth a try
good find op, heat added
These are always this price but are great value. I've used them for some time and find them just as good as expensive branded tablets. Heat added.
I much prefer the fairy ones to these. Found these didn't dissolve as well.
Are these not the "all in one" thingies?
I use the fairy platinum,usually reduced somewhere.cant beat them
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I always use salt and rinse aid - I think the All-In-One thing is a fallacy, really. I just buy whatever's cheapest, but usually Finish or Fairy.

Approved Food has Sun Dishwasher Tablets (105 pack) £7.99, worth getting if you have a free delivery code to use - been perfectly happy with those as well (think they're more of a Euro brand?) store.approvedfood.co.uk/cle…886

Quotes from mumsnet threads (yes I know) mumsnet.com/Tal…alt
"My Miele died a death four months past it second birthday. It was blocked somewhere and was going to cost £400 plus VAT to fix. Repairman said to me always rinse plates, etc., off before loading and use seperate tablets, rinse-aid and salt not the all-in-one jobbies. They are apparently the equivalent of using 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Ok, but not great."
"you do need salt for the water softener, even if you buy an all-in-one tablet."

mumsnet.com/Tal…age
"the dishwasher man who came to fix mine said ALWAYS use salt and rinse aid even if you buy all in one tablets."

I know that not using Salt killed my sister's dishwasher years back, so she was told by the repairman - and this is in Glasgow (where we have softer water).

Was trying to find ukwhitegoods' thoughts on All-In-One tablets, they also mention why you shouldn't use Eco settings on a dishwasher if you use hard Dishwasher Tablets - as tablets tend not to dissolve properly
ukwhitegoods.co.uk/hel…ets

Sadly it's getting hard to find dishwasher powder nowadays (which I prefer as well), which they recommend to avoid the dissolving problems. Though Fairy Active Bursts, which they also mention, are easy to buy. I assume they mean the similar Fairy tabs currently available - which don't have that name any more

ukwhitegoods say
"We'd say that salt should be used always in hard or very hard water areas and occasionally in soft and medium areas to refresh the resin as not doing so can lead to issues with the resin container in the dishwasher and that can prove costly to put right. Very costly in some cases."

They also explain in-depth why engineers say you should use (preferably) powder/Fairy Active Bursts, Rinse Aid, Salt separately.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 11th Mar 2017
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really keep meaning to try these was there earlier :(them refuse sacks … really keep meaning to try these was there earlier :(them refuse sacks look cheap also.


Purio Heavy Duty Refuse Sacks 10 Pack 99p was £1.99 is half price today and tomorrow only.
Edited by: "andreocean" 11th Mar 2017
No such thing as an all in one wonder tablet. The salt does not get mixed into the wash water, it is saved as a saturated solution in a sump and used to reactivate the zeolite water softener. That is what you can hear when it hums for no apparent reason. The rinse aid is a surfactant for the final rinse by which time the tablet is long gone down the drain.
Lidls salt, rinse aid & tabs all work just as good as the best brands. Used them together for years with great results. Price is unbeatable.
louiselouise

I always use salt and rinse aid - I think the All-In-One thing is a … I always use salt and rinse aid - I think the All-In-One thing is a fallacy, really. I just buy whatever's cheapest, but usually Finish or Fairy.Approved Food has Sun Dishwasher Tablets (105 pack) £7.99, worth getting if you have a free delivery code to use - been perfectly happy with those as well (think they're more of a Euro brand?) http://store.approvedfood.co.uk/cleaning_products/sun_classic_dishwasher_tablets_105_x_15g-187886-p?pid=187886Quotes from mumsnet threads (yes I know) https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/housekeeping/757152-Come-talk-to-me-about-dishwashers-rinse-aid-and-salt"My Miele died a death four months past it second birthday. It was blocked somewhere and was going to cost £400 plus VAT to fix. Repairman said to me always rinse plates, etc., off before loading and use seperate tablets, rinse-aid and salt not the all-in-one jobbies. They are apparently the equivalent of using 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Ok, but not great.""you do need salt for the water softener, even if you buy an all-in-one tablet."https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/housekeeping/946839-dishwasher-tablets/Page"the dishwasher man who came to fix mine said ALWAYS use salt and rinse aid even if you buy all in one tablets."I know that not using Salt killed my sister's dishwasher years back, so she was told by the repairman - and this is in Glasgow (where we have softer water).Was trying to find ukwhitegoods' thoughts on All-In-One tablets, they also mention why you shouldn't use Eco settings on a dishwasher if you use hard Dishwasher Tablets - as tablets tend not to dissolve properlyhttp://www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/help/cleaning-maintenance/2730-dishwasher-detergent-tabletsSadly it's getting hard to find dishwasher powder nowadays (which I prefer as well), which they recommend to avoid the dissolving problems. Though Fairy Active Bursts, which they also mention, are easy to buy. I assume they mean the similar Fairy tabs currently available - which don't have that name any more :pukwhitegoods say"We'd say that salt should be used always in hard or very hard water areas and occasionally in soft and medium areas to refresh the resin as not doing so can lead to issues with the resin container in the dishwasher and that can prove costly to put right. Very costly in some cases."They also explain in-depth why engineers say you should use (preferably) powder/Fairy Active Bursts, Rinse Aid, Salt separately.


For God sake don't reply to any threads on life or the universe... The post will be the size of encyclopedia Brittanica​ ;-)
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winchman

For God sake don't reply to any threads on life or the universe... The … For God sake don't reply to any threads on life or the universe... The post will be the size of encyclopedia Brittanica​ ;-)

Just trying to be informative - this is my duty as a HUKDer

I made a post recently about Dishwasher Salt (20p in Aldi at the time) and someone insisted we don't need Salt in Glasgow - so elaborated more, with that on my mind. Also replying to fazzi-bhoy's comment about tablets not dissolving properly (same problems as many of us who use Eco settings on a washing machine).

Nobody forced you to read it
Edited by: "louiselouise" 11th Mar 2017
louiselouise

Just trying to be informative - this is my duty as a HUKDer :pI made a … Just trying to be informative - this is my duty as a HUKDer :pI made a post recently about Dishwasher Salt (20p in Aldi at the time) and someone insisted we don't need Salt in Glasgow - so elaborated more, with that on my mind. Also replying to fazzi-bhoy's comment about them not dissolving properly (same problems as many of us who use Eco settings on a washing machine).Nobody forced you to read it


I know.. it was all good stuff though..
Hey you dishwashing experts...do you HAVE to use rinse aid? I've never bothered with it myself.....am I killing my machine by not using it?
PS. ..I do use salt.
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LizzyUK

Hey you dishwashing experts...do you HAVE to use rinse aid? I've never … Hey you dishwashing experts...do you HAVE to use rinse aid? I've never bothered with it myself.....am I killing my machine by not using it? PS. ..I do use salt.

I would say probably not as it just makes the dishes dry quicker and adds some sort of water resistant coating, not sure if it puts your machine in any danger, though. You may get spotted dishes from limescale build-up (even soft water doesn't eliminate that happening to a degree).
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Mar 2017
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Vaguely-related to dishwashers and these discount supermarkets - I see my local Aldi (High Street, Glasgow) has the Ambiano Table Top Dishwashers in store for £149.99 - were on sale from the end of February so not sure if they're left over stock or just appeared!

Not sure who makes the Ambiano brand. Some say the interior is a little low and they're finding bigger plates a problem (limited to 10" plates apparently) aldi.co.uk/tab…500
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