Hi guys, never owned a dishwasher before so need some advice.
Bought the comfee mini table top dishwasher, which should arrive in the post in a few days, just wondering what dishwasher tablet/capsule you would recommend and what are good prices to aim for?
Just looking at what gets posted and noticed Fairy or Finish Quantum Infinity Shine seems like good options?
Are generally any dishwasher tablets ok to use? or are there any to avoid? Should I just judge by comments and go for good deals posted here?
Also noticed something about dishwasher salt being mentioned. Please can someone link me to one they use? What's the purpose of the salt? Is it because of hard water? How frequently do I add salt and quantity? Thanks!
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A full tablet is probably overkill for a table top dishwasher as well so if you can be bothered you could probably cut them in half. I've been splitting the tablet and putting some in the prewash compartment. (edited)
Tablets are just a sealed one-size-mostly-works option for those who want to devote as little thought as possible. If you're buying an unusually small dishwasher I suspect they'll contain far too much soap and won't work that well unless you're in a particularly hard water area. (edited)
We also use all in one tablets
Aldi or Lidl rince aid £1.99 a Litre.
Any £1 dishwasher cleaner, once a month in the summer and every 2 months in the winter.
It has to be pure salt, not table salt which has free flow additives in it that could contaminate the resin beads, brand doesn't matter providing it's pure, but check the label, it used to be quite common for supermarkets to sell salt with free flow additives as dishwasher salt.
The premium Fairy and Finish tablets are ok, hard to recommend cheaper ones, best to try them to see how well they work in your dishwasher. Over the past few years dishwasher tablet and powder manufacturers have phased out phosphates in their products and the various replacement chelating agents they use mostly aren't as good, I've read that some of the cheapest replacements produce a non-soluble residue when they bind with calcium, which depending on how well your dishwasher rinses, could end up as deposits on your washing up, and the most effective ones are much more costly, so mostly only appear in the more expensive ranges. (edited)