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Detergent remains after wash cycle

Recently, my dishwasher still has lots of detergent left in the soap dispenser after the cycle is finished.  Is there an easy fix, or is this a big money repair?

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You should start using Electrol liguid dishwasher deterget, which comes in a container that dissolves when ittouches water. i've been using it for about a year, and it doesn't leave anything and my dishes look better than ever!

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