A few weeks ago, I got a sample of a new (and very yummy smelling) dish soap in the mail. It was called “dish soap” so that means it can go in the little soap compartment in the dishwasher, right? Wrong. About 45 minutes into the cycle, I walked in the kitchen only to find the floor covered in growing soap suds extending all the way to the refrigerator. Cleaning it up seemed to take forever because the clouds of soap didn’t want to go away. A while later, and about four rinse cycles later, the suds were finally gone. I actually wanted to “reenact” the incident for the sake of this post (aka put the wrong kind of dish soap in the dishwasher on purpose), but Greg convinced me that would be “a horrible idea”. Instead, we’ll go with this photo:

I was on one of my random Google tangents yesterday and found a tip for getting rid of soap overflow. The article said to drain the water from the dishwasher then sprinkle table salt over the remaining bubbles (inside and outside the dishwasher). Let sit for about 5 to 10 minutes and the salt will help disperse the bubbles.

That tip alone would have made clean up a lot easier but the article goes on to tell you how to get the bubbles out of the dishwasher faster by adding ice cubes and vinegar. Yet another tip to add to the list. Apparently the ice cubes lower the water temperature and causes the bubbles to dissipate while the vinegar breaks up the soap residue. Read the entire article here.

Overflowing dishwasher photo found here.