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Aaah! I put detergent in the salt container


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#1 jamesh

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 01:18 AM

Aaah! I put detergent in the salt container! What should I do?

I was low on salt, so I started pouring quite a lot in. Then realised I was actually putting in detergent! d'oh! The detergent seems to have partially dissolved in the water that lives in the salt container, but there's a slight scum on top.

Any ideas?


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Posted 28 May 2005 - 07:58 AM

What in hell are you talking about.....................
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Posted 28 May 2005 - 09:10 AM

this must be an 18 inch danby portable unit you speak of, if you added the detergent to the salt container,every time the unit fills,it will dissolve some of the detergent,so you'll have poor washing results until its all gone- to remove the softener and clean it out is a monsterous project.best advice is to just run your dishwasher over and over without dishes until detergent is gone- this might take numerous cycles.         :(
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Posted 28 May 2005 - 10:54 AM

Sorry, let me clarify. My dishwasher was flashing its light which said
it was low on dishwasher salt. I opened it and added some salt to the
salt container. The container is normally brim full of water, and as I
add the salt it dissolves in the water.

Except I wasn't thinking straight, and poured dishwasher powder into the salt container by mistake.

All a very sorry tale...


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Posted 28 May 2005 - 11:18 AM

let's clarify for all,so we are all on the same page- unit in question is 18 inch danby dishwasher with a built in water softener, which is a chamber full of cation resin beads,which the fill water flows through prior to entering the tub,ionic exchange occurs between the resin beads and the calcium/magnesium in the water and is suspended in the resin- salt is added to reverse exchange and is directed out with drain water-you should be adding proper water softening salt to this chamber,not tablesalt (windsor crystal II is recommended); since you have already added d/w detergent to this chamber,you are going to have to run the unit repeatedly until the detwergent has been dissolved and purged. thoerwise,you'll be attempting to rinse dishes in detergent laden water,and this will not render desirable results- start running your machine now,and continue to run it until draining water is clear and the "add salt" indicator returns,then fill with the proper salt. life goes on from that point.                :yikes:
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