Dishwashing detergents provide the chemical energy to help clean and remove food soil from different types of cooking and serving items. The dishwashing detergents are designed for hand wash as well as machine wash. Unlike the hand dishwashing detergents, machine dishwashing products should be very low to non-sudsing. In addition to this, automatic dishwashing detergents must also inhibit foam, which various protein-containing foods, like egg and milk, create.
Dishwashing detergents should also soften water so as to prevent insoluble deposits, loosen and hold soil in suspension and must leave items clean and grease-free. Modern day, dishwashing detergents rinse and dry dishes and utensils without spots, and have found to be safe for a variety of dishes, glassware, utensils, and more.
Different types of dishwashing detergents are available in the industry that includes detergents for hand and machine dishwashing as well as some specialty products. These different types of detergents come in various forms, such as liquids, gels, powders and solids.
According to wash type, we can categorize dishwash-cleaning products as -
Hand Dishwash Cleaning - Remove food soils, hold soil in suspension and offer long-lasting suds, which indicate how much cleaning capacity or power is let in the wash water.
Automatic Dishwasher Detergents - In addition to remove food soils and hold them in suspension, automatic dishwashing detergents tie up hardness minerals, emulsify oil and grease, suppress foam caused by protein soil and help water sheet off the dish surfaces. These types of detergents produce very little or almost zero suds, which could interfere with the cleaning action of machine.
Besides the dishwash cleaning detergents, a variety of specialty products are also available that can be used to attain effective cleaning and optimum performance. The specialty dishwash cleaning products include -
- Rinse Agents - Rinse agents are
specialty products that can be used along with automatic dishwashing
detergent to reduce the surface tension. This product helps in improving
the draining of water from dishes and utensils, thereby delivering
superior performance. Better draining results in minimum spotting and
filming and thus improves drying.
- Film Removers - Film removers are
specialty chemicals, which help in removing the build-up of hard water
film and cloudiness from the dishes and the interior of dishwasher. Film
removers can be used instead of an automatic dishwashing detergent in a
separate cycle or together with the detergent.
- Lime & Rust Removers - Lime
and rust removers are effective cleansers in removing the deposits of
lime and / or rust from the interior of dishwasher. These products are
used when no dishes or other dishwashing products are present.
- Dishwashing Cleaning Powder -
Dishwash cleaning powders are free-flowing granules that most people
considers as the traditional automatic dishwashing detergent form.
Suitable for all types of dishwashers, dishwash-cleaning powders ensure
streak-free results and rapid drying.
- Dishwashing Cleaning Liquid -
Also known as washing soap or washing-up liquid, dishwash cleaning
liquids, are used for hand washing of glasses, plate, cutlery and
cooking utensils in a sink or bowl. These cleaning liquids are usually a
mixture of high foaming surfactants.
- Dishwashing Cleaning Tablets
- Dishwashing cleaning tablets are formulated for effective cleaning and
convenience. As they are pre-measured, there is no need of measuring and
no chances of waste or mess. Each tablet contains the exact dose for a
complete load and is individually wrapped so as to protect from moisture
and humidity. Although the dishwash cleaning tablets are designed to
work well in all types of water, the users may need to add an extra
tablet for usage in extremely hard water.
- Dishwash Cleaning Gel - Gels are
designed to ensure controlled dispensing. Due to their form, these are
less likely to be spilled than powders and dissolve quickly thereby
allowing the detergent to begin working right away.
- Detergent Concentrate - These are liquid cleansers for cleaning dishes, plastics and many other surfaces.