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Dishwashing detergent in rinse aid compartment

I accidentally filled up our rinse aid compartment with liquid dish soap on our Kenmore Elite dishwasher. How do I empty it?

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  • wtwinp Dec 23, 2008

    It actually turned out to not be a big deal. It's not harming the dishwasher and we just put in less dishwash detergent than we normally do. My husband turned up the rinse aid to the highest number, opening it completely. It foamed over out of the dishwasher the first time because we had put in a normal amount of detergent, but now it is okay. As soon as it is empty, we'll fill it up with rinse aid. I'm double-checking the bottle this time for sure!

  • lydiavale Mar 29, 2009

    We accidentally did this today too (push dish liquid in the rinse aid compartment).  Now we are in the process of removing the front panel to try to get the reservoir out and flushed, but we have been unable to get the reservoir out...any suggestions?

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Not good there is no way to drain it out. you might be able to take the door apart and take off the rinse aid reservoir and clean it out

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The amount you have put in although not good is not too serious.You can try putting nothing in dispenser for a few washes and see how that goes.If you are using the 3 or 4 in one tablets you should not need to dose with rinse aid or salt as it is in the tablets.

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Appliance guy wanted to replace the whole detergent/rinse aid compartment but since he told me the noise was probably caused by the dish soap stuck in the rinse aid compartment, I decided to try to get rid of it first. Here is the method that worked for me; it took most of a day but saved me parts & labor:

1. Get some white vinegar--I used nearly a quart.
2. Fill the rinse aid compartment to brim with the vinegar (overfill) but don't put cap on
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7. Repeat above steps a couple times, then fill again w/vinegar, put the cap on and let it stand for awhile. Then drain and repeat the whole routine several times.
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