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  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Amer.Virgin Is.
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua Barbuda
  • Argentina
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  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
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  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
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  • Belarus
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  • Belize
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  • Bermuda
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  • Bouvet Island
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  • Chad
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  • Czech Republic
  • Dem. Rep. Congo
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  • Dominican Rep.
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  • El Salvador
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  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
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  • Mexico
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  • Monaco
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  • Myanmar
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  • Nepal
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  • Qatar
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  • Rwanda
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  • Samoa
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  • Serbia
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  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
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Automatic Dishwashing Solutions

Enable clean dishes that shine right out of the dishwashing machine with Dow’s automatic dishwashing components and solutions.

Unlock convenience, cost efficiency and sustainability for automatic dishwashing solutions

Automatic dishwashing has been evolving toward higher washing efficiency – reducing environmental impact by using less water and shifting to cooler, less energy-consuming cycles. Along with efficiency, consumers expect their dishes to be shiny and clean, with benefits of faster drying, improved removal of dried and burned-on stains or more sustainable cleaning. 

Dow can help formulators meet these needs with a wide-ranging portfolio of automatic dishwashing solutions for tablets, pouches, gels and additives like rinse aids.

View the tabs below for more on tablets, gel and rinse aid dishwashing products.

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Automatic Dishwashing Solutions Guide

Login for our product selection guide on automatic dishwashing solutions that can help you give consumers the cleaning and shine benefits they’re looking for. 

Enabling clean dishes in an easy-to-use tablet or pouch format

Beyond tablets, pouches with various shapes continue to develop and drive innovation. The multiple compartments format offers formulators the flexibility to combine powder and liquid ingredients in the same dose to deliver maximum performance.

Dow can help optimize formulations by offering a broad portfolio of solutions such as dispersants for scale management that sustain perfect shine and surfactants for cleaning and spotting with the support of foam control agents when required.  

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Reduce filming

ACUSOL™ 588G Polymer is designed to reduce film formation and ACUSOL™ 445NG, 425N and 402 Polymers offer excellent scale spotting mitigation. Innovative dispersants ACUSOL™ 527G Polymer and ACUSOL™ 528 Polymer provide shine and limit the redeposition of scale.

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Prevent spotting

ACUSOL™ 460N Polymer from Dow has an affinity for soil that helps prevent food particles from adhering to dish surfaces and also helps water sheeting to reduce spot formation. In addition, ECOSURF™ Bright 1 Surfactant is a low-foaming capped waxy surfactant that can reduce spots and improve shine.

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Boost cleaning performance

To improve removal of food residues TERGITOL™ 15-S and ECOSURF™ EH Surfactants deliver excellent wetting properties. These surfactants can be combined with low-foam solutions such as TERGITOL™ L Series, DOWFAX™ 20A/B Series and ECOSURF™ LFE Series Surfactants to achieve excellent cleaning and shine

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Control foam

Dow offers a range of solutions to control foam in automatic dishwasher tablets and pouches, such as DOWSIL™ GP-4503 Powdered Silicone Antifoams or ECOSURF™ LFE-1410. Learn more about Dow’s offering of low-foam surfactants.

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Offer biodegradable formulations

Dow offers a range of biodegradable solutions that help prevent scaling. In addition, ECOSENSE™ HC-2100 and ECOSENSE™ HC-2200 Surfactants are bio-based ingredients that help boost cleaning performance in automatic dishwasher formulations.

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Formulation: Dance Brilliance

Sign in to learn how to create a dual-chamber automatic dishwashing monodose offering excellent cleaning and shine.

Providing formulation stability and cleaning efficiency for gels

Automatic dishwashing gels offer consumers the convenience of controlling product dose while avoiding direct contact with the product like the broadly used monodose formats. Dow offers a range of solutions for gel formulations that help suspend particles and actives, control flow properties and stabilize formulations, while also providing outstanding cleaning and shine. 

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Prevent filming and spotting

Dow has developed innovative polymer dispersants for gel dishwashing formulations that boost shine by preventing the redeposition of scale on dishware. Dispersants such as ACUSOL™ 527G Polymer and ACUSOL™ 528 Polymer can be incorporated into phosphate-free and low-phosphonate gel formulations. 

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Stabilize formulations

Dow offers rheology modifiers to help stabilize formulations and control viscosity and flow, even at high salt content. ACUSOL™ Millennium ER and 805S Rheology Modifiers are best for suspending actives, while ACUSOL™ 810A and 820 Rheology Modifiers help control the rheology of gels for uniform dosing.

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Boost shine and cleaning benefits

Nonionic surfactants from Dow are ideal for increasing shine and cleaning in dishwashing gels. DOWFAX™ 20B102 Surfactant and ECOSURF™ Bright 12 Surfactant help reduce spotting, while TERGITOL™ 15-S-9 Surfactant boosts cleaning, and ECOSURF™ LFE-1410 or TERGITOL™ L-64 Surfactants offer low-foam properties for dishwashing gels.

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Formulation: Get It Well

Sign in to discover how Dow solutions can help create an automatic dishwashing gel that delivers superior performance.

Delivering brilliant shine and drying performance in rinse additives

When high water hardness comes into play, rinse additives can be added to the dishwasher to reach a perfect shine and dry of the dishware.

We offer a range of solutions for automatic dishwashing such as surfactants and dispersants. From surfactants for high wetting and low foaming capacity to water sheeting that limits residual spotting and water removal facilitation, our broad portfolio has solutions to meet consumer demand for shine and cleanliness.

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Reduce spotting

For high-wetting, low-foaming and water sheeting to limit spots and boost drying, Dow offers TERGITOL™ L-64 Surfactant, which is CleanGredients approved. Also, DOWFAX™ 20B102 Nonionic Surfactant is a biodegradable surfactant with a cloud point around 30°C for stability and clarity in rinse aid formulations.

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Faster drying

For rinse aids, Dow offers sophorolipids EcoSense™ HC-2100 and EcoSense™ HC-2200 Surfactants, which provide excellent drying performance when combined with nonionic surfactants such as the DOWFAX™ 20A84N Nonionic Surfactant.

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Control filming

To help control limescale residue, Dow offers ACUSOL™ 588 Dispersant, which helps with film prevention and overall performance in drying aids and additive formulations.

Properties of Surfactants for Automatic Dishwashing

Dow provides a variety of choices in developing high performance, sustainable automatic dishwashing formulations. Compare low-foam nonionic surfactants from Dow below, or for more details on these brands and starting formulations, view the full guide here.

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Physical Properties

Actives (%)

Cloud Point, 1% (°C)

Pour Point, 1% (°C)

Surface Tension, 1% (mN/m)

Foam Height, 0.1% (mm, Ross-Miles, Initial/5min)

ECOSURF™ LFE-635 Surfactant






ECOSURF™ LFE-1410 Surfactant






DOWFAX™ 20B102 Nonionic Surfactant






TERGITOL™ L-61 Surfactant






TERGITOL™ L-62 Surfactant






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