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Where does the rinsing agent go?

I haven't tried yet. Wonder whether it goes in the door next to the soap dispenser or in the bottom.. I'm thinking it goes in the door dispenser

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On most dishwashers it is next to the soap dispenser, it will probably be a cap you turn to remove, there may be a dial as well to regulate the amount dispensed during the cycle.

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Hello. In most dishwashers, there is a special type of actuator device attached to the detergent dispenser to make the door open and then, during the rinse cycle, initiate the introduction of rinse agent into the tub. A wax motor (see the attached link below) is connected through a small wiring harness to the main control board. The name comes from how the motor operates--it has a slug of wax inside that, when heated, expands and pushes a lever which pops the latch on the dispenser door. Then, a two-position cam attached to the lever sets itself in position for the next actuation--the introduction of rinse agent. When the motor heats up the wax again, the cam allows the lever to push open the small valve on the rinse aid tank briefly so that a small amount of the liquid can drain into the tub and help remove excess water from the clean dishes during the rinse phase of the cycle. I hope I helped you!
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I put liquid dish soap (not even dishwasher soap) in my rinse aid compartment of my dishwaser...will this hurt the washer? Do I need to get soap out and how?


yes it will foam up unlike you have never seen before
by disassambling the door and removing the risne agent dispenser and very throughly draining the soap it may get all of it out(rinse it with only cold water since hot water promotes sudsing while cold water kills sudsing) if even a few drops remain it will suds like crazy during the rinse cycle (when the agent is dispensed) to remove all suds from the machine fill a cup of white vinegar placed in the upper rack such as if you would drink from it (not upside down) and run the d/w of a normal cycle
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Hello and welcome to Fixya.

Aside from physically removing the dispenser assembly ( which would be quite involved and include taking the door panel off ) you should be able to "nuetralize" the dish"soap" by adding as much "white vinegar" as possible into the same location as the soap...the jet dry reservoir.

In fact you may have to try this several times, but you could also try pouring straight water into the reservoir, but that will take some time since it is "soap" as opposed to detergent, hence needing a lot of water to de-lute it to much of a degree.

I'd go with the "white vinegar" and repeat that several times through a "rinse & hold" cycle. ( do not add any dishes or cutlery...run it empty )

You can also add a couple of tablespoons of "vegatable oil" directly into the bottom of the dishwasher and some of your regular "detergent" before starting the "rinse & hold" cycle. This will give the soap something to react with and the "detergent" will also help "neutralize" the soap,,,hopefully breaking it down as a result.

To answer the second part of your post...

The effect is going to be oversudsing in the rinse cycle since this is when the jet dry/rinse agent is dispensed in the cycle. So what I'm hoping to accomplish with these suggestion's is to minimize the oversudsing or prevent it all together until the reservoir is "purged" of soap.

Let me know how you make out. It usually works in the cases I've had...eventually. I've seen plenty as you are not the first nor will you be the last...we all screw up, that's life ;o)

Good luck.

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the best way to use your dishwasher is the way it was designed.
if your unit has a compartment for jet dry or rinse agent then you should add and fill that compartment with rinse aid. try not to buy soap with any extra like soap with jet dry or shine plus . because when you fdo that sometimes customer think that they dont need rinse agent . big mistake. rinse agent is deposited at a certain time in the cycle. diod you know that is you use lets say jet dry and a soap with shine plus or rinse aid in soap the machine can over suds? as a tech trust me i have seen it.let me know if i was helpful. drop a 4thumbs up post

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If the solenoid or soap lid latch is faulty, you will need to replace it. In the interim just poar your soap in the bottom of the dishwasher tray before cycle starts.

Only use a little amount as per normal. Dishwashing tablets are best as it is a measured amount and has the rinse aid built in.

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I suggest purchasing a pipette (long thin flexible plastic eyedropper thing) from hobby lobby, Frye's, or from a scientific lab supply.
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