Dear Home Ec 101,
The other day I started my dishwasher and walked away, a few minutes later I realized it didn’t sound right, so I opened it up to make sure that the arms were spinning, and that water was going where it is supposed to. (if water is dripping from everything it’s all good on my little portable dishwasher). Everything looked fine, water dripping from the top, everything coved in soap. I closed the dishwasher, and then it hit me —– everything covered in SOAP!! Oh no!
Some how dish liquid had gotten in the dish washer, there were 6 inches high of soap bubbles at the bottom of the dishwasher, not really knowing what to do I drained it, added some vinegar to try to kill the bubbles, it seemed to work, but I did notice bubbles in the next load as well, so much for rinsing the soap off.
Any ideas of what to do in case this happens again?
Vinegar and generous amounts of salt are both great at reducing the foam caused by detergents for hand washing. Salt reduces the surface tension of the water which inhibits the production of suds. The dishwasher should then be forced through a rinse cycle.