Sodium carbonate is an important ingredient in dishwashing detergent. This ingredient effectively removes oil, grease and alcohol stains as well as descales. This means plastic food storage containers won’t come out of the unit with a greasy film, and greasy pots and pans will come out squeaky clean.
Sodium polyarcylate is a chemical that can absorb 200 to 300 times its mass in water. This chemical is important because it binds hard water which allows the detergent agent to work more effectively. Hard water causes dishes to have a cloudy, spotty appearance which gives the illusion of dirt. Sodium polyarcylate absorbs the hard water, allowing for a clear finish.
With so many products on the market, it is important to choose the correct product for your dish types. Brands offer many proprietary ingredients and additives that are designed to dry your dishes faster or maintain a sparkling finish on glass wear. Be on the lookout for products like these to fully utilize your dishwasher’s capabilities. If you get tired of juggling multiple dishwasher products, there are even brands that offer double- and triple-duty products that take care of your dishes from start to finish.
In addition to ingredients designed to offer a superior clean, you may also want to be on the lookout for fragrance and color additives in your dishwashing product. While fragrances won't necessarily make for more effective cleaning, they can make the dishwashing experience more pleasant. If, however, you suffer from allergies or chemical sensitivities, look for products that are designed to be allergy-free.
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