Best Dishwasher Tablets & Cleaners

Dishwashers take a lot of the hassle out of the post-dinner clean up, but in order for them to keep our dishes spotless and sparkling, they also need some attention and care.

Whether you're after dishwasher tablets, powders, or gels, or need a dishwasher cleaner to help your machine stay in great shape, this guide will give you some pointers about what to look for when you shop. Continue reading...

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Euca Dishwashing Powder

Euca Dishwashing Powder

4.7  (19)
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  • Product TypePowder
Edie C.
Edie C.
 
Amazing oroHave been using the peppermint dishwasher powder for around a year and it’s amazing. Leaves everything sparkling clean and makes the kitchen smell minty clean when I open the door. I’ll try the laundry products when I finish ploughing my way through I product I have already.
Earth Choice All in One Dish Tablets

Earth Choice All in One Dish Tablets

3.3  (77)
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ReviewerQLD20 posts
 
Earth Choice Dishwashing tablet issues with new formulaThe latest formula of the dishwashing tablets are leaving white powder residue in the dishwasher and on dishes.

The residue is sticking to walls, and fan blade including all seals around the dishwashing casing.

The tablets have also:

Permanently made all our glassware cloudy and white
Permanently tarnished our cutlery sets Show details

ALDI Logix Platinum

ALDI Logix Platinum

3.2  (63)
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Martishar
Martishar38 posts
 
Excellent value great resultsTried these dishwasher tablets after using other top end brands, at less than $8 a pack I figured I had nothing to lose. Very impressed with results dishes, including pots and pans come out spotless and dishwasher stays clean and fresh, I recommend using with rinse aid, very cost effective and great results. Show details
Ecostore Dishwasher Tablets

Ecostore Dishwasher Tablets

4.3  (16)
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  • Product TypeTablet
Lucy
LucyQLD2 posts
 
Somat Excellence 4-in-1 Gel Caps

Somat Excellence 4-in-1 Gel Caps

3.2  (24)
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sh863
sh863NSW8 posts
 
  • Product TypeDishwasher Cleaner
KHT
KHTVIC2 posts
 
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Robert John
Robert JohnVIC123 posts
 
Fairy Platinum Tablet

Fairy Platinum Tablet

2.2  (140)
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A_Ansley
A_AnsleyNSW2 posts
 
Fairy Original All In One

Fairy Original All In One

2.3  (87)
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F E.3 posts
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Coles Ultra Action Dishwashing Tablets

Coles Ultra Action Dishwashing Tablets

3.0  (18)
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Reviewer 12
Reviewer 1258 posts
 
Average at BestThe tablets don’t do a very good job shifting grease. If the load isn’t too soiled they are ok. They are a budget option for an emergency but not as good as some other supermarket’s home brand options ( which are also cheaper ). Hard to recommend. Show details
Finish Quantum

Finish Quantum

2.1  (117)
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Peter
PeterVIC
 
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Finish Powerball 0% Dishwasher Tablets

Finish Powerball 0% Dishwasher Tablets

2.4  (28)
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John S.
John S.30 posts
 
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Sheba
Sheba
 
Bring it backI am looking here in Perth to get total fresh 3in1,but it is impossible.Can you please tell me where in Melbourne,I can get it.Can I order it as well.

Love to use it smells fresh,natural and clean very time I use the dishwasher. Can you tell me where to get it Perth W.A.It does a great job .Cant live without it.

Shine 10 in 1

Shine 10 in 1

2.4  (25)
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Scott
ScottOcean shores5 posts
 
Great stuffI thought I would give these a go, to my surprise They work great! obviously depends how dirty your plates are according to the bad reviews. I always just rinse the crap off anyway then into the dishwasher. Show details
Finish Rinse Aid

Finish Rinse Aid

3.4  (8)
Margie
MargieQLD
 
Smells terribleI put Finish rinse aid in my brand new dishwasher. It left a terrible smell in the dishwasher and I can’t get rid of the smell. It leaves a smell on the items in the dishwasher.
Undo This Mess Dishwashing Tablets

Undo This Mess Dishwashing Tablets

3.8  (6)
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A.Lorenzo3 posts
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Kim
Kim
 
Horrible dishes came out no cleaner then they went inThey don't work like they claim too. Didn't even budge on the dirt on the dishes. Waste of money wouldn't buy again. Finish and fairy are worth the extra money.

Coles Smart Buy Rinse Aid

Coles Smart Buy Rinse Aid

3.5  (4)
natasha
natashaNSW22 posts
 
emdeme
emdemeNewcastle68 posts
 
Palm Oil Free and it worksI have been using this for ages, started because it was palm oil free but continue because it works. Not the cheapest but at least trying to do the right thing by not using palm oil. You only need a few drops so that helps with the cost. A bit hard to get sometimes though.

Finish Gel

Finish Gel

1.4  (19)
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John
JohnMelbourne29 posts
 
Finish Gel in Europe is betterThe Finish dishwashing Gel you buy in Europe is much better than the Finish Gel you can buy in Australia. It’s much thicker and washes better. You can also purchase Finish Zero Liquid Gel in Europe, but not Australia.
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Jayson
JaysonACT5 posts
 
Don't desolve!The tablets dont desolve even in hot water...waste of money.....dont work.just about the whole tablet is left sitting in the washer..should be giving out refunds.back to finish i guess.cheap for a reason.

Koh Dishwashing Tablets

Koh Dishwashing Tablets

2.5  (4)
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Stephen C
Stephen CSydney14 posts
 
Just adequate cleaning at high price but low chemicalsThey are only ok. I needed to use at least two in every wash to get an acceptable cleaning effect, so given they are expensive it's double expense and only adequate cleaning. Great idea to have no nasty chemicals and no plastic packaging, but needs some improvement in cleaning power before I would buy them again.
Shine Dishwasher Cleaner

Shine Dishwasher Cleaner

1.4  (11)
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Lucky D.
Lucky D.NSW
 
Waste of moneyTried using this to clean the dishwasher but the bottle is still full … I tried changing the setting on the dishwasher 2nd time around and same result !!
After reading other reviews it appears the wax coating doesn’t dissolve as intended and therefore the bottle won’t empty !!
Definitely a fault of its design and no one should buy this product !!! Show details
Chrissy03
Chrissy03Townsville
 
Won’t desolvePut this product through the dishwasher cycle and it doesn’t desolve, waste of water and power.

Will return it to the shop tomorrow and buy a more reputable brand. Would not recommend this product.

Didn’t take a receipt when I was asked if I wanted one.

Finish Ultimate Plus

Finish Ultimate Plus

2.3  (3)
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Abbey
AbbeyWA
 
Nasty taste/ Rusted cutleryThis product is terrible leaves all my dishes tasting like liquid.
My stainless steel expensive cutlery have all rusted. Show details
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Coles Ultra Plus Advanced Dishwasher Tablets

Coles Ultra Plus Advanced Dishwasher Tablets

3.0  (2)
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Jennifer O.
Jennifer O.QLD9 posts
 
Seamus
SeamusNSW93 posts
 
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bzerk86
bzerk86SA87 posts
 
maxi12
maxi12QLD24 posts
 
Works well and smells greatVery impressed with this Australian made environmentally friendly dishwasher powder. I wasn't expecting it to be so good and the price was right. Has no toxic ingredients and safe for septic systems. It also has a very nice smell.
Sal H.
Sal H.VIC7 posts
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Types of dishwasher detergents

A close up shot of a man putting a dishwasher tablet into a dishwasher dispenser

A dishwasher tablet is a concentrated dose of dishwashing powder that is placed into the dishwasher drawer or, in some cases, placed with the dishes.

Pros
They come in pre-measured doses, so you don’t need to fuss with measurements - saving you time and effort.
Because they’re contained tablets, you’re less likely to make a mess.
They usually contain a rinse aid that makes the tablet a more effective cleaner - this rinse aid is the red ball you see in the centre of many dishwasher tablets.
Cons
They’re usually the most expensive dishwashing option.
They come in a fixed dose so you can’t adjust the amount for different sized loads.
They sometimes require longer rinsing cycles to get rid of residue.

A dishwasher powder is scooped into the dishwasher dispenser and dissolved with water to create a foamy solution that cleans dishes.

Pros
They’re generally the cheapest dishwashing option.
Powder is easily rinsed by your dishwasher.
Dishwashing powder has a long shelf life, so you have plenty of time to use it before it expires.
You can choose your own dose of powder, so you can use less when you wash less - this could save you even more money.
Cons
It can be difficult to get the dosage right - if you use too much powder, there may be residue on your dishes after washing them, while your dishes may not be properly cleaned if you use too little powder.
Powder is usually more messy and likely to spill than tablets and gels.
Loose powder might be left on the floor, making it a safety hazard for small children or pets who might ingest it.
In some cases, powder can damage more delicate dishes, such as crystalware.

A dishwasher gel is a water-based detergent that is poured into the dishwasher dispenser.

Pros
Because gel is water-based, it doesn’t need time to dissolve in water, and is also less likely to damage more fragile crockery.
Gel is easier to clean and easier to pour into the dishwasher drawer than powder.
There’s a lower likelihood that residue will be left on your dishes when using gel.
Cons
Gel can’t be used in all dishwashers.
Because they’re not as popular, there are less products on the market to choose from.
It can be difficult to do consistent doses when pouring.

What is rinse aid?

A rinse aid is an extra product you can buy that is placed in the corresponding compartment of the dishwasher dispenser. It’s used in your machine’s rinse cycle to get rid of food residue and detergent, and is also effective in preventing water spots and film from forming on your crockery.

What to look for in dishwasher detergents

Ingredients

It’s generally recommended to avoid phosphates - they’re one of the kitchen cleaning chemicals that have been used for decades because of their effective cleaning ability, however they’re bad news for the environment, as they remain in wastewater and cause algae bloom.

Phthalates and parabens are also chemicals that can be toxic for humans - it’s easy to find products that don’t have these ingredients.

For those with the environment in mind, there are dishwasher detergents that are cruelty-free and don’t test on animals, and you can also find some that don’t contain palm oil or any animal products at all.

Ease of use

Tablets offer more in terms of convenience, as you have to measure out doses with powders and gels, however they are more expensive - you’ll have to think about whether the trade off is worth it for you.

Price

Prices for dishwasher tablets, powders, and gels vary. Costs vary from 5c per wash to up to $1 per wash - powders are at the lower end of this range while tablets generally cost more.

Dishwasher cleaners

It might seem ironic that a machine used to clean dishes needs a clean itself, but dishwashers do need regular cleaning to ensure they run smoothly. Grease, grime, soap scum, and limescale can accumulate in parts of the dishwasher, particularly in hard-to-reach areas such as the filter, spray arms, pipes, water pump, and drain.

Dishwasher cleaners usually come in pods or tablets, which cost anywhere from 88c to $3.33 each, or liquids, which usually range between $1.10 to $3.20 per 100mL.

Generally speaking, it’s recommended to use a dishwasher cleaner monthly. However, while a dishwasher cleaner is a great way to clear out the gunk in your machine, if you’re keeping up with regular cleaning and maintenance, then you may be fine using a natural oven cleaner, such as white vinegar, to clean your dishwasher.

Some of the cleaning practices you can implement to keep your dishwasher in tip top condition include:

  • Daily: scrape large food particles into the bin, leave the door ajar to air it out and help minimise mould and odours, use a high quality dishwasher detergent.
  • Weekly: clean grime from around dishwasher seals, clean out the internal filter.
  • Monthly: wipe down the exterior with a cloth or paper towel and soapy water or an all-purpose cleaner, fill up the rinse aid dispenser.
  • Annually: run the dishwasher on its hottest cycle while it’s empty, check spray arms.

If you haven’t got a dishwasher and are considering buying one, or are looking to upgrade from your current model, you can read user reviews and our guides on what to look for when choosing a dishwasher here.

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