Have you ever had issues with the dish detergent packs?

Have you ever had issues with the dish detergent packs?
We purchased a new dishwasher when we bought our house in 2002. The dishwasher has been a lifesaver for us, as neither of us like doing dishes by hand. I have purchased different brands of dish detergent, as well as different styles- powder, gel/liquid, and the dish detergent packs. I came to love the dish detergent packs as they were so handy. Just toss one in and not have to worry about measuring anything out. Well, recently our dishwasher has been acting up. I turn the knob to start it, and it makes an odd noise, runs, but does not use any water. Usually when this happens, I have to finagle a way to get the water to run.

A few weeks ago, I switched to the powder detergent that I had left when I ran out of the packs. I decided I would just use it up before buying any new dish detergent packs. Since I have been using the powder, my dish washer has been running fine. The water works great. I am wondering if the plastic that holds these packs together was not perhaps clogging something in the machine? Has anyone else had this issue? I have also noticed that my glasses are not as cloudy as they were when I was using the dish packs.


I did use the dish packs and I never had any problems with my dishwasher. Maybe you should call someone to check on it until will not be too late. I don't think the packs are the problem because that plastic that holds these packs together it melts at a high temperature of water, have you checked the PH of the water..... because sometimes the water hardness may cause problems to a dishwasher.
Posted by wallet on 08-27-2017
I haven’t used a dishwasher yet but I have a clear idea of what the problem is. When you shifted to another type of detergent and a problem occurs then it is clear that the new type of detergent is the main suspect. Just like the washing machine for clothes, the powder is the standard but some people use the bar although they grind it first. That is primitive and it can even harm the machine.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-02-2018
Usually not, sometime they don't work well mostly because they do not melt well (I guess they should melt, or at least that's what usually happen). I don't know if it's a problem related to those particulars packs, or to the dishwasher, but it's not a big deal otherwise... Just a quick re-wash will do it without any worries or other issues. It have yet to happen twice in a row, but I'm aware that it's a possibility.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-27-2017
Happened only once, it didn't melt well and gave me some problems. I don't think it's the dishwasher's fault when this happens, these packs sometimes just act weird. If you find yourself being more relaxed and the dishwasher works great with it, just stick with that.
Posted by Tania997 on 08-27-2017
Yup back in my grandma's house, they had this issue. Of course, the dishwasher was old and beat up. The dishes would always come up with soap and food remains (Yuck). After a couple of tries, she gave up entirely and went back to manual dish washing.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-27-2017
The only problem i have is DIY laundry soaps, so bad,not only does DIY laundry soap contain the wrong type of cleaning agent (soaps instead of detergent-type surfactants) for laundering with a modern washing machine, it doesn’t contain nearly enough of the soap to actually get your laundry clean. The whole, nasty-soap-scum-trapped-bacteria-in-all-your-laundry thing aside, the soap in homemade laundry detergent is the only actual cleaning agent in the recipe. Remember, the other main ingredients in the homemade detergent recipes are simply water softeners. They do not have any cleaning properties. From what I have seen, the typical DIY laundry detergent recipe looks like this: 4-5 parts water softeners (borax, baking soda, or washing soda) to one part soap.
Posted by Authord on 08-27-2017
Yes sometimes the liquid detergent or powder got stock up in the bottle maybe it is the cause of the water getting inside making it hard. 1 of my encounter about that is like you said your water glass is not that shiny its because of the ingredient chemical in it and its not good try to change other detergent specially for plates, fork spoon etc to avoid being poison.
Posted by tophew on 08-28-2017
I actually had the same problem as you. I have tried many, many different dishwasher cleaning products and I can tell you to avoid the gel ones for sure. They do not work well and my dishwasher dislikes it. I absolutely love using the powdered dishwashing detergent. It is far less affordable, it gets the job done and completely cleans the dishes, and it doesn't make my dishwasher all weird. I hate the gel.
Posted by Mehano on 08-28-2017
I have seen some of the liquid being packed less than the given specified weight. I have noticed that in some cases the dish cleaners may not be the right for many reasons. You can make use of those and then throw them. I have realized that such type of packets are good for many people. I think those who keep the detergent packs this way can be saving a lot on the big pouch. That's what I have seen for sure.
Posted by overcast on 08-28-2017
I have heard of these packs clogging up the works from time to time. Depending on the model of your washer and the quality of your water heater, I suspect it's because you're not getting your water to a high enough temperature. I would say that's a part of why you're also getting cloudiness. It could be that the packs you were using contain a liquid surfactant that has to be melted away by the hot water and just isn't getting fully clean. Whatever the reason I would simply not use them if you have no control over your water temperature. That stuff is perfectly safe to use when it's properly cleaned but I wouldn't want to be ingesting it.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-28-2017
I saw them on TV and i decided to try them a few times and I never had any kind of problems or issues with them.

What i can say from my experience is that they're easy to use and not that expansive as well.

I am now using them everytime i use my washing machine and it saves you time.
Posted by AlexJPro on 08-28-2017
I have never used the dish detergent packs. I have always preferred the powdered ones and never had any issues with them. However, my sister in law has been using the dish detergent packs and she never complained about anything either. Maybe it also depends on the type of dishwasher that you have. I suggest that you get the dishwasher checked by a professional and he will be able to solve the problem.
Posted by Pixie on 08-28-2017
Several time I had got the dish powder are expired. For that reason maximum time I had been tried to return that and got success. Now in a day before buying I check every time the expiry date. Expiration date seal was not previously present on my country. But now it is present and there have no chance for buying expired detergent powder.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 08-28-2017
I have the same question, I have an issue about to the ingredients of such product. Most of the time that, I've using one, would cause so much irritation on my skin. One time, when we used it just in two-day, it has a foul smell, because we put some lemonade on it which we usually do, in our place. Maybe, at any chance, we bought an expired one. Now, we carefully read, every labels content of detergent, often times we don't buy at all.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-28-2017
I've never had any problems with them. I'm told they're bad for the environment though. You should use what works best for you.
Posted by anna on 09-02-2017
Well, as of the moment I am yet to experience any issues or malfunction with mine maybe because it's still new and in perfect condition. I have come to observe that most electronic gadgets tend to become faulty when used for quite a long period of time.

I had one experience with my washing machine, sometimes it jams and I really don't know what was wrong until I was made to know that some of the parts used on it has worn out. What I would recommend is not using any of these electronic appliances for too long.
Posted by Heatman on 09-06-2017
My aunt had the same problem last three weeks, I'm tempted to ask if she is not the one that sends this in. it the washing pack, since she starts using the detergents the problem, so if you're not my aunt.Find a way to stop using the fancy packaging.
Posted by lovely on 09-12-2017
We have been using the liquid dish washing soap for many years now, maybe 20 or more years. I have no issue whatsoever because I find it very good in cleaning the plates and utensils. However, you have to rinse the dishes very well because the scent of the dishwashing liquid sticks to the plates, spoons and forks. Other than that, we also use the dishwashing soap to cleanse the yard of pests. It is a good pesticide against termites and other unwanted insects. Just mix a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap in a liter of water and that can serve as your spray.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-20-2018