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How to Use Dishwashing Powder

Learn the best way to use dishwashing powder for spotless dishes. Discover different types, how to measure, tips, and troubleshooting solutions in this guide

How to Use Dishwashing Powder

Dishwashing machines are the heroes of many households as they provide a fast and effective way to clean your dishes without too much fuss. However, the reality is that to achieve brilliantly clean dishes, you need to use a quality dishwashing detergent. For tough stains, grease and grime on dishes, Sunlight has long been trusted by Mzansi Homes as the go-to cleaning agent to effectively tackle tough messes. While Sunlight’s dishwasher powder effectively cleans grease and dirt on dishes, like any detergent, if not used correctly, it can result in the detergent cleaning less effectively.

If you aren’t sure how to use your dishwasher detergent powder correctly to achieve the clean you want, you don’t need to worry. To help save you time, money and the hassle of re-washing your dishes, we're sharing some top tips on how to use dishwasher powder the right way to ensure you can enjoy dishes that are clear of grease and grime, every time!

The Importance of Achieving Hygienically Clean Dishes

For most of us, sparkling clean dishes are the dream. And fortunately, despite busy work schedules, buzzing social lives and trying to fit in family commitments in between, dishwashers are a solution that enables you to achieve clean dishes with minimal effort in no time.

Having clean dishes not only keeps your kitchen looking great but it’s also crucial for the health and well-being of your family. Unclean dishes can harbour harmful bacteria and germs that can cause illnesses and infections. This is why ensuring you’re using your dishwasher detergent powder the right way is so important to help you achieve spotlessly clean dishes that are free from bacteria, germs and food residue. However, while Sunlight dishwasher powder is a dishwashing solution that's easy to use, long-lasting, budget-friendly and always effective when used correctly, if you don’t know how to use it properly, you may not get the best results.

So here are five top tips on how to use dishwasher powder the right way to make the most of your detergent and achieve brilliantly clean dishes with every wash.

Top Tips to Use Your Dishwasher Powder Effectively

  1. Read the label instructions:

    Dishwasher powders come with specific instructions on how to use them effectively including the correct dosage and usage. Make sure you read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter to achieve the best cleaning results.

  2. Use the right amount:

    Using too much dishwashing powder can lead to wastage and may not result in your dishes being cleaned effectively. Similarly, using too little can lead to your dishes not being cleaned at all. So ensure you use the right amount of detergent powder. Here is how:

Add the dishwasher powder to the dispenser drawer on your automatic dishwashing machine.

For heavily soiled, larger loads of dishes or in hard water cases, use 30-40g of powder.

For small to medium loads, use 15-30g of powder. Adjust amounts according to manufacturer instructions for your machine.

  1. Keep it clean:

    Over time, food debris, soap scum and other residues can build up in your dishwasher, making it less efficient at cleaning your dishes. So to ensure your dishwasher can work effectively and deliver sparkling clean dishes, it's important to clean your dishwasher regularly.

  2. Load your dishwasher correctly:

    Properly loading your dishwasher can make all the difference in how effectively your dishwasher powder works. So load your dishwasher starting with the dirtiest dishes on the bottom rack as this will help the dishwasher powder to clean effectively.

  3. Store your powder correctly:

    Store your dishwashing powder in a cool, dry place away from moisture and direct sunlight to ensure it maintains its effectiveness.

Bonus Tip: For stubborn stains, burnt-on or dried food residue and dirt, it’s a good idea to pre-soak your dishes in hot water before popping them in the machine to soften any stubborn stains and grease. This will make it easier for the dishwasher detergent powder to do its job and remove all the dirt.

Getting the dishes done doesn’t have to be difficult. With Sunlight dishwasher powder and by following our five tips, you'll be able to get the most out of your dishwasher detergent and achieve spotlessly clean dishes with ease. Remember, a little bit of effort can go a long way in keeping your home clean and your family healthy. So, let Sunlight be your partner in achieving a hygienically clean home, effortlessly!


How should you store dishwashing powder?

Store your dishwashing powder in a cool, dry place away from moisture and direct sunlight to help maintain its effectiveness.

Is Sunlight dishwashing powder eco-friendly?

Sunlight’s dishwasher powder is formulated with 80% naturally derived ingredients to deliver an effective clean to your dishes without leaving harmful residues behind.

Does dishwashing power leave residue on dishes?

If not used properly, dishwashing powder can leave residue on dishes. So be sure to follow the usage instructions on the detergent packaging for clean and residue-free dishes.

What makes dishwashing powder effective?

Dishwashing powder is effective due to its formulation of ingredients and powder form that allows for easy measuring and dispensing into the dishwasher.

What ingredients are in dishwasher powder?

Your dishwasher detergent powder ingredients will vary according to the brand and type of detergent powder you are using. But typically, they contain a combination of cleaning agents, enzymes, and other additives.