Most people do not think about choosing between liquid gel versus other kinds of dishwashing solutions like powder and dishwashing soap. After all, any of these will leave even the dirtiest of dishes sparkling clean as long as you give your plates a good wash. However, each has its own set of pros and cons which you might want to consider if you want to use the best and most cost-effective solution for your dishwasher.
Liquid gel, due to its form, goes into the solution quicker and is gentler on your dishes compared to powders, which are mildly abrasive. Gel solutions easily dissolve into the water, which allows for a longer cleaning process. However, many people are wary of liquid gels since these tend to leave a thin film of solution after you rinse. It would be best to rinse your dishes twice to ensure that there is no solution left on your plates when you use a liquid gel.
Powders need to be dissolved in water and do not produce a lot of foam. Their abrasive nature allows them to remove crusts and dried stains easily. Powders also tend to survive the rinsing process very well, so like gel solutions, you may need to rinse longer to ensure that there is no detergent residue left on you dishes.
Bleach (oxygen or chlorine)
Bleach is stronger than tabs or gel solutions, and can be used only on selected kinds of dishware. This is perhaps best for removing germs and bacteria from your dishes. However, it also tends to remain on the dishes after rinsing and could ruin your dishwasher over time.
Tablet dishwashing soaps are premeasured for ease of use. However, they are more expensive. You are also required to use an additive like a rinse agent when using tablets.
According to the soap and detergent association, the only difference is texture. Gel is liquid, while powders are grainy solids. Bleach is also a liquid, but is far more powerful in getting stains out compared to the rest. Tablets are in solid form and needs additional rinsing agents to use. When it comes to price, powders are cheapest, followed by liquid gels followed by tablets.
Each kind of dishwashing solution has its own pros and cons. However, no matter how powerful your cleaning agent is, this will not compensate for a broken dishwasher. Ensure that your dishwasher is in good working condition by periodically cleaning filters and checking the pumps and tubes for damage, before you try out an assortment of dishwashing solutions. This way you can expect clean, spotless dishes every time you wash, and prolonging the life of your dishwasher at the same time.