How to Use Rinse Aid for Dishwasher

The dishwasher is a modern-day miracle, taking away the need to scrub our own dishes and giving us shiny clean cutlery and sparkling plates at the touch of a button. But in order to get our dishwasher to do its best work for us, we need to treat it with a bit of TLC to help it perform. And this is where rinse aid comes to our rescue, making our machines work as powerfully as possible, as well as keeping our kitchenware cleaner, drier and more protected.

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What does dishwasher rinse aid do?

Before we show you how to use rinse aid for your dishwasher, let’s look at the science behind it. Sometimes our dishes come out a little less sparkly than we would like, which is usually because food and drink particles have circulated inside the dishwasher, ending up back on dishes, glassware and cutlery and the end of their cycle. Our Finish Rinse Aid uses “surfactants”, reducing the surface tension between the water and glass to ensure that when it slowly evaporates, it doesn’t leave anything behind.

What are the main benefits of rinse aid?

Using rinse aid has 5x the power to deliver shinier and drier dishes:

  • Rinse aid will get rid any food and drink particles left in your dishwasher
  • It fights nasty water spots that stain both your dishwasher and your kitchenware
  • Your kitchenware will come out sparkly every time, rather than having residue, grease or water streaks
  • It creates a film protection to prevent your glassware and dishes from getting etched, marked or chipped
  • It ensures that you are truly saving time: rinse aid disperses the droplets that land on your dishware, meaning your dishes come out the cycle dry

Where to put rinse aid in the dishwasher

Your rinse aid should go in your liquid rinse aid dispenser if you have one, which would be located near the detergent cup in your dishwasher. If your dishwasher doesn’t have a built-in rinse aid dispenser – don’t worry. Instead, you can use the Finish Jet-Dry Solid Rinse Aid, which will clip into the top rack of your dishwasher for the same sparkling results.

How to use dishwasher rinse aid with a rinse aid dispenser

Using rinse aid is easy. We would recommend using your regular dishwasher tablets with a rinse aid such as Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid or Finish QuantumR Jet-Dry in these simple steps:

  1. Locate the liquid rinse aid dispenser, which is usually a circular chamber that sits next to where your tablets go
  2. Fill up your rinse aid chamber and make sure you mop up any spilled product
  3. This will be automatically released into your rinse cycle every time you turn your dishwasher on

How often should you use rinse aid?

It depends how often you run your dishwasher, but we would recommend refilling the dispenser with Finish Jet-Dry once per month.

Should I use dishwasher salt and rinse aid?

Rinse aid is required to ensure spot-free, shiny dishes and assist the drying function, whereas salt is required to protect your machine from limescale and soften the water for better cleaner. Some multi-benefit tablets such as Finish Quantum and Finish All in One include both rinse aid and salt functions. However, in hard water areas we would always recommend the use of separate Salt and Rinse Aid products to protect your machine and achieve maximum results.

Dishwasher soap in the rinse aid dispenser

Commercial dishwasher detergent and rinse aid do not mix. More often than you may think, people can mistakenly put dish soap in the rinse aid dispenser. This can cause problems because it means that your dishwasher is going to get a lot of soap suds and create a load of bubbles that will potentially pour out of your dishwasher and onto the floor. If this is the case, follow these steps:

  1. If you’ve already turned on your dishwasher, turn it off immediately and empty its contents of glasses and dishes etc.
  2. Use a jug or bowl to collect up as many of the soap suds as possible before wiping the dishwasher down until it’s dry
  3. Next, use a syringe (or something like a turkey baster) and add a drop of water to the chamber before suctioning as much of the dishwashing soap out as you can
  4. Pour half a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of salt of over the top and turn your dishwasher on for a few minutes
  5. If the suds are not yet gone, repeat the process again

If you want to lengthen the lifespan of your dishwasher, as well as getting shinier and drier dishes every single time – Finish Rinse Aid has you sorted.