Question: Help, I added Dawn dish soap in the dishwasher by mistake. The kitchen flooded and there is a huge mess. How do I remove the dish soap from the dishwasher so it won’t keep bubbling up and flooding my kitchen with water?
Answer: If the dishwasher still has dish soap in it and is still creating suds and bubbles when running a wash cycle…
- Simply grab a sponge or rag and remove as much of the dish soap and suds from the inside of the dishwasher.
- Once you have removed as much of the liquid soap as possible from the bottom and walls of the inside of the dishwasher, pour in 1/2 of a cup of distilled white vinegar and sprinkle some table salt over top of the vinegar.
- Shut the dishwasher door and run the machine on normal setting for a few minutes. After a few minutes, open the dishwasher and check to be sure that the excessive bubbles and suds have reduced and will not overflow.
- Once you know that the vinegar and salt have done there job as an anti-foaming agent, close the washer door and let it run a full wash cycle. You can open the door and check periodically to be sure the suds are not forming.
- If suds and bubbles are still present, repeat the complete process until the bubbles have subsided.
Letting the dishwasher run a full wash cycle (after adding vinegar and salt) will remove all of the Dawn or Joy dish soap and the excess soap bubbles will not occur again.
NOTE: If you do not have vinegar to fix your bubbling dishwasher, use the instructions above and substitute with olive oil instead.
Here is what happens when you put dish soap into a dishwasher