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Thought we bought salt but didn't. Filled the salt container with about 500g of detergent. The book says "Do not pour detergent into the salt container. This will destroy the water softener." Can any tell me what damage the detergent will do to the water softner and how to get the detergent out of the salt container without running the machine or doing any damage?

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Get an aqua vac and suck out the water (with the dissolved detergent)from the salt container. Refill it with water and repeat the process couple of times. Fill the container with water and salt and it should be fine. Good luck !!

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