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Don't EVER Use Dish-Washing Detergent In Your Dishwasher!!

post #1 of 29
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What a mess!!

I ran out of regular dishwasher gel/tabs, so I used dishwashing detergent in place of it. Now I'm not a complete idiot, and know that it's not the same thing. But I figured using just a little wouldn't be too bad, and wouldn't make a lot of suds to make a mess. I didn't use more than a teaspoon full. Geez - was that a mistake!

I had suds running out of the dishwasher all over the place! I had to run the dishwasher through six rinsing cycles to dispose of all the suds - and in between the cycles I had to stop & restart each one in order to clean up the suds that were gushing out of the machine. I guess I've earned the dunce of the week award this time around..

Well, at least I have a clean floor now, and sqeaky-clean dishes!

~KK~
post #2 of 29
OMG
post #3 of 29
HAHAHAHAHA

That reminds me of an old babysitting story.... That is CLASSIC!!
post #4 of 29
LoL! I did that once when I was a teen. Oh do I remember lol!
post #5 of 29
I laughed out loud as I read this..
post #6 of 29

My husband did that years ago. I heard him scrambling around in the kitchen and went to see, and he wouldn't let me in the kitchen. Kept pushing me back down the hall. When I finally saw what was going on...I almost screamed, but then I just started laughing. What a mess! But I was glad it wasn't me that did it, he had to clean it all up!
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Don't worry, I've done it too!!! I didn't use hardly any at all either and boy was it a mess. I didn't happen to walk into the kitchen till near the end of the wash cycle! There was bubbles out of every seal and about a 4 foot radius around the dishwasher was bubbles up to your knees! The worst part about the whole thing was that we were in a rental that stupidly thought carpet was a great floor cover for a kitchen Bubbles are so hard to get rid of!!!
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by kitytize View Post
LoL! I did that once when I was a teen. Oh do I remember lol!
I doubt that I'll ever forget myself! It's an experience one will never forget..

I had a dream about it that night (this occurred on Saturday) where the Scrubbing Bubbles were chasing me around the kitchen..

I sure am glad to hear that I'm not the ONLY one who's ever done this!

~KK~
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My husband did that years ago. I heard him scrambling around in the kitchen and went to see, and he wouldn't let me in the kitchen. Kept pushing me back down the hall. When I finally saw what was going on...I almost screamed, but then I just started laughing. What a mess! But I was glad it wasn't me that did it, he had to clean it all up!

I'm sure glad my s/o wasn't home to witness my intelligence! He probably would have wet his pants if he would have seen what an idiot I am..

~KK~
post #10 of 29
You mean you've never seen some sitcom where they put that in the dishwasher by mistake?

Sounds like something that would make a great prank. If the drain part comes out of the bottom of the dishwasher you could pull that out and squirt some soap in there, no one would know until they turned it on and got a surprise.
post #11 of 29
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Don't worry, I've done it too!!! I didn't use hardly any at all either and boy was it a mess. I didn't happen to walk into the kitchen till near the end of the wash cycle! There was bubbles out of every seal and about a 4 foot radius around the dishwasher was bubbles up to your knees! The worst part about the whole thing was that we were in a rental that stupidly thought carpet was a great floor cover for a kitchen Bubbles are so hard to get rid of!!!

That's even worse! It was bad enough catching it when I did: I'd hate to imagine how much worse it could have been, if I wouldn't have seen it occurring when I did!

You're right: there's nothing worse than cleaning up bubbles! Except for maybe soap or detergent that gets spilled onto the floor..

~KK~
post #12 of 29
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You mean you've never seen some sitcom where they put that in the dishwasher by mistake?
I think I recall seeing a show or two where there were tons of suds coming out of a washing machine b/c someone added too much detergent, but never a dishwasher..


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Sounds like something that would make a great prank. If the drain part comes out of the bottom of the dishwasher you could pull that out and squirt some soap in there, no one would know until they turned it on and got a surprise.
I could think of one or two people who I'd like to pull that on..

~KK~
post #13 of 29
OMG, I'm glad you posted this, because I'm running REALLY low on cascade and was considering using dishwashing liquid! I wouldn't be smart enough to only put a little bit in either...I probably would have filled it up the entire way!

But, think of it this way....at least your kitchen floor is clean now! Hey, that's it...just say you were doing two jobs at once.
post #14 of 29
Sometimes I start the dishwasher and leave the house for something. I can just see myself using dishsoap and coming home to a house full of suds.
post #15 of 29
OMG!! What funny stories!! Sounds like something I would do, seriously! I don't have a dishwasher, so I guess I have nothing to worry about!
post #16 of 29
You know, I've always wondered about that. There have been times I've run out of dishwasher stuff and have been tempted to try regular dish soap, but decided against it. Glad that I did!
post #17 of 29
add me to the list of "done it too's"
post #18 of 29
OMG that is SOOOO hilarious!! What can I say..... you brought it upon yourself, hun!
post #19 of 29

Sorry to laugh but that`s funny!
Good job I don`t have a dishwasher because I would have done the same
post #20 of 29
My boyfriend put dish soap in the dishwasher once, along with the detergent (I have no idea why) but it didn't do anything. I guess I was lucky I must have had stuff that doesn't make too many bubbles.
post #21 of 29
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OMG, I'm glad you posted this, because I'm running REALLY low on cascade and was considering using dishwashing liquid! I wouldn't be smart enough to only put a little bit in either...I probably would have filled it up the entire way!

DON'T DO IT!!

If posting this saves even one person from making that mistake, I'm glad I did it!

~KK~
post #22 of 29
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OMG that is SOOOO hilarious!! What can I say..... you brought it upon yourself, hun!

What can I say?! Besides live & learn..

~KK~
post #23 of 29
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You know, I've always wondered about that. There have been times I've run out of dishwasher stuff and have been tempted to try regular dish soap, but decided against it. Glad that I did!

Now you know! And you saved yourself from cleaning up such a mess, and also from having dreams about Scrubbing Bubbles..

~KK~
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by kitytize View Post
LoL! I did that once when I was a teen. Oh do I remember lol!
I did it too!


I remember frantically calling my parent's who were at a friends house
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post #26 of 29
I had a roommate who did the same thing shortly after we moved into that apartment.

I did find out during a lengthy period of unemployment that baking soda, with *just a couple drops* of liquid dish detergent makes a reasonable facsimile of dishwasher detergent. You might want to run your dishes through the rinse cycle an extra time, though.
post #27 of 29
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I did find out during a lengthy period of unemployment that baking soda, with *just a couple drops* of liquid dish detergent makes a reasonable facsimile of dishwasher detergent. You might want to run your dishes through the rinse cycle an extra time, though.
Hmmm - that's interesting! I'll have to try that, the next time I run out. Thanks for the tip!

~KK~
post #28 of 29
I did it as well when i was 18, it wasnt even in my house, i was at my ex bfs step fathers place, and i thought id be helpful by cleaning up and they didnt have any tabs left so i put in a little detergent. Ex bfs sister came home thinking :censor::censor::censor:???
post #29 of 29
I have so done this before. In my first apartment and my first load of dishes. DH and I couldn't stop laughing! I swear, we were up to our knees in bubbles! Now I always keep a box of cascade under the sink in case I run out of tabs.
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