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Re: Soap doesn't dissolve
1. Too much soap! For soft water use no more than 1 1/2 tablespoons. Give dishes a good scrape and put them in. If you MUST prerinse dishes (and you shouldn't) drop down to about 1 TSP soap. Modern DW's use less water and soap is more concentrated.
2. Water not hot enough. Test water temp at kitchen faucet with thermometer. It should read at least 120 deg.
3. Our service guys recommend not using lipuid soap, only powder. I listen to them.
4. Broken control to soap door. If it is still closed after a cycle, ask for help from a service company.
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Push the little lever sticking out of the dispenser.
Maybe you have some calcium or hardened soap that is holding the lid closed. some Lemi-Shine powder dissolved in hot water and use an old toothbrush to clean off the soap/hard-water deposits.
If you open the door immediately after the dishes are washed, and before the "dry" cycle, is the water hot enough to have "steam" coming out of the machine? You should be able to feel the heat. If not, perhaps the water is not getting hot enough to dissolve the dishwashing powder. Could you try using a liquid soap once and see what happens? Be blessed.
Try emptying the dishwasher and putting a few tablespoons of vegatable oil in the bottom. Run the cycle without soap and no dishs. Often dish soap (palmolive) builds up and creates soap suds that won't go away during a normal cycle. The oil binds with the soap residue to get rid of it. It worked for my Kenmore. I know do it every few months. Good Luck!!! Thanks
That seems like it's probably related to the recent ban on phosphates in dishwashing soaps. Quite a number of people have found that their dishwashers aren't working as well and are leaving spots and soap behind now that phosphates are not being used. A little vinegar may help, but the best answer would be to use a water softener.
Either your dishwasher is not getting the water hot enough to dissolve the powder, or you need to switch brands. Try a liquid/gel type of dishwasher detergent. Try stopping the washer a few minutes after you start a wash cycle. Open the door -- if there is a lot of steam coming out at you, it's not the water temperature. If there is no steam, your dishwasher is not getting hot water and/or the heating coil is not working.