A man who shared a video claiming we’ve all been using our dishwashers wrong has racked up more than 3.7 million views as people were left mind-blown – but an expert has now shut down the theory.
TikTok user ScottJeffreys0 uploaded a clip showing a tablet being loaded into a dishwasher with the caption: “Who knew? I’ve been doing it wrong forever.”
Placing the tablet in the door, he first puts it into the larger compartment before suggesting the method is incorrect and slots it into a smaller space above instead, where it fits perfectly.
When the compartment is closed, the tablet can be seen through the vented plastic covering, seemingly allowing water in to dissolve the cleaning solution.
Some viewers were left convinced they had been using their kitchen appliance wrong for years, as one commented to say: “Ohhh that’s why mine’s never dissolved properly.”
A second wrote: “Whattt, all my life I’ve been living a lie.”
However, many people questioned the advice and even consulted their manuals for backup – and a dishwasher expert has now weighed in on the debate.
Colin Jones, from Appliances Online, told News.com.au that the video was incorrect, and although putting the tablet in the wrong slot will not damage a dishwasher, it can result in your dishes not being cleaned properly.
He explained: “Older dishwashers, around five years and over, weren’t designed for 3 in 1 tablets.
“In older dishwashing machines, there tended to be three sections for dispensing, which is highlighted in this dishwasher in the video, including a smaller vented pre-wash compartment, the compartment for the main wash and a rinse aid compartment.
“The smaller section in this dishwasher in the video is a pre-wash compartment.”
Others took to the comments to point out Scott’s mistake, with one breaking the news by saying: “After seeing this I had to check the manual. Unfortunately you’re wrong. It’s for the pre-clean programme.”
Scott was quick to own up to the blunder, replying: “I know, I realised about 300k views ago. It’s gone crackers.”
So you’ve probably been doing it right all along. As you were.