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Last updated: 07 August 2018

It doesn't matter how good your dishwasher is if the detergent you use performs poorly. Switch to a good quality detergent and you'll notice better cleaning performance straight away, without needing to upgrade your expensive appliance.

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We review tablet, powder and gel dishwasher detergents to determine which products:

  • give the best cleaning performance
  • offer the best value for money
  • claim to be environmentally friendly and cruelty-free.

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Tested at 1% solution at 20°C. A pH of 7 is neutral. Less than 7 is acidic, greater than 7 is alkaline.

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CHOICE uses plates pre-soiled with stains most commonly difficult to remove from a plate. These plates are then loaded into a dishwasher and a program run. Plates are then removed and scanned via a spectrophotometer to get a reflectance value of how much stain is removed.

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Egg yolk removal score

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CHOICE uses plates pre-soiled with stains most commonly difficult to remove from a plate. These plates are then loaded into a dishwasher and a program run. Plates are then removed and scanned via a spectrophotometer to get a reflectance value of how much stain is removed.

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CHOICE uses plates pre-soiled with stains most commonly difficult to remove from a plate. These plates are then loaded into a dishwasher and a program run. Plates are then removed and scanned via a spectrophotometer to get a reflectance value of how much stain is removed.

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