Liquid, powder and pac detergents are the main soap types you can use with your dishwasher. Most of the time personal preference will dictate which you’ll use, but there are definitely some key differences between these three agents. Having a better understanding of the advantages and limitations of each detergent type will help you to choose which is best depending on how heavily soiled your dishware tends to get.
Must be measured from the bottle for each load
|Must be measured from the box for each load||Already pre-measured in packet that dissolves in water|
|Dissolvability||Dissolves easily in all water||Dissolves best in warm water||Dissolves best in soft water|
|Food removal||Best at removing greasier, grimy stains||Best at removing lesser-demanding stains like those from acidic foods with low pH||Best at removing greasier, grimy stains|
|Approximate Cost||22 cents per load||20 cents per load||25 cents per load|