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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2007 06:16 pm
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She thinks it's a good think to pour a cup of bleach into the diswasher once and a while.  I always told her not to. Now Cascade offers detergent packages with bleach. Any expert opinions?

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The bleach in Dishwasher detergent is not the same as your laundry bleach.  Adding regular Laundry bleach is not recommended because of the damage it can do to the seals of the dishwasher.  I have never read a use and care book that has recommended adding laundry bleach to a unit, and have had seal failures on units where the technical advisory for the manufacturers had suspected the customer was doing it.  If she likes to have bleach in there, switch to Electrasol Powder detergent.  It is a good quality detergent and it is a bleach based detergent, not an enzyme based.   



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If you'll open your hymnal to pg. 37, wherein it is written in writing, and without wronging, we whoop and wail, "Nothing kills bio-gookus like chlorine."

Chlorine, even in the form of laundry bleach, does have a legitimate use for Herk's spousal unit's intended purpose. But a cup is not only too much, it's waaaaaay too much.

If the intent of running the bleach thru the dishwasher is disinfection (what else?) then you only need one tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. Most dishwasher water charges today are about 1.8 gallons or less. So the most you should ever use would be two tablespoons. At this concentration, you would achieve excellent bacterial kill without being strong enough to damage the seals in the dishwasher as TTH rightfully pointed out.


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chlorine bleach + drain cleaners = chlorine gas(mustard gas) so be carefull when you use it in the d/w if you have plugged kitchen sink

 



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i've used bleach in my d/w for yrs with no problem. it even works as a great substitute for detergent if you're out. but as the samurai says  in small amounts.

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