A handyman installed my dishwasher, Kenmore Elite. After the dishes are dried, I ran the rinse cycle again to see how clean the dishes are. I opened the dishwasher in the middle of the rinse cycle and saw a tub full of soap foam. How can this be? It takes almost two hours to complete the cycle, and I still see this much foam. Can someone please shed some light?

The key word for me in this question is “foam”. It sounds to me like you are using the regular dishwashing detergent instead of something like: Cascade or Electra Sol or one of the ones made specifically for electric dishwasher machines. My brother did this once and he had foam all over the kitchen :-) You should have received a sample of products to use, when you bought the unit?? Please read the manual that came with the unit and it will guide you through the products they suggest using.

MY daughter had a similar problem, because she used dishwashing soap instead of dishwasher soap! There were bubbles everywhere! There is a big difference, we had a good laugh. She didn’t know any better, oh well, live and learn.

It’s possible that if you have soft water, you may be using too much detergent.

I have had the same thing occur…i used the liquid dish soap instead of dishwashing soap… What a soap opera! I learned the hard way on that idea. Bubbles, bubbles everywhere…and spewing out the door of the dishwasher and all over the kitchen floor. Sounds like you either used the wrong soap or too much soap. Just a hint…the manufacturers don’t tell you…that you actually only need to use 1/2 of the recommended amt. of soap to clean the dishes and get exactly the same results, clean dishes. The same goes for when your washing laundry, use 1/2 the regular amt. you normally would use. In my consumer economics class we tested these methods and were shocked at how much $ we were actually wasting but at the same time making the soap, detergent companies, whatever cleaner your using very rich. Try my advise and you will be very happy with your results and amazed as well.

Thanks for all your response. I am not using the regular dishwashing soap. I followed exact instruction of the manufacture. It says to use powder automatic dishwasher soap, not liquid. I had liquid automatic dishwasher soap from the old dishwasher, but I had to go out to get this one. It has three lines, and the instruction says to fill only to the first line, which is the lowest level and I am following the instruction to the t. Someone mentioned the drain hose being too low, so I hung it a little higher, and I will see if this helps.