How to Fix GE Dishwasher Not Dissolving Soap Problem

When your GE dishwasher is not correctly dissolving soap, the dishes may not come out as clean as they should.

This problem could be due to various reasons. In this guide, I’ll share proven fixes that should resolve 70% of GE dishwashers that are not dissolving soap or detergent.

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GE Dishwasher Not Dissolving Soap

When your GE dishwasher is not dissolving soap, do this: First, remove some dishes from the dishwasher. If this does not work, check the water temperature, clean the sprayer arms and inspect the water supply line.

Don’t worry. I will expand on the above solutions in more detail below:

Remove some Dishes

When you put excessive dishes in your dishwasher, it won’t clean correctly. The reason is that each dishwasher has a maximum capacity beyond which it cannot wash the dishes.

Secondly, adding too many dishes can block the water sprayer from reaching the soap pod.

I never recommend fully loading your dishwasher and leaving a quarter of room for better cleaning and optimal performance.

Check Water Temperature

The heating temperature of the dishwasher also depends on the water going into the dishwasher. However, some new models of dishwashers come with built-in heaters.

If your dishwasher requires hot water on the inlet, ensure the average water temperature going to your dishwasher is around 120’F or 48 degrees Celsius.

If you have accidentally attached the hose of your GE dishwasher to cold water, it might not be function properly to dissolve the detergent during the wash cycle.

Inspect and Clean Dishwasher’s Sprayer Arms

The spray arms on the GE dishwasher are responsible for circulating and spraying the water on the dishes. They have small holes which does the spraying function.

They won’t spray the water properly during the wash cycle if they are clogged or damaged. As a result, the soap won’t dissolve.

Inspect the spray arm holes and see if they are clogged or not. You can clean them with a toothpick or small needle if they are clogged.

Check Water Supply

If the water supply line to your GE dishwasher has a blockage, it will prevent proper water supply to the dishwasher.

Remove it from your dishwasher and circulate pressurized water through it to remove any debris from it.

I’d also recommend pouring baking soda and vinegar solution through it and passing hot water.


When your GE dishwasher is not properly dissolving soap or detergent, try the following troubleshooting methods to fix it:

  • Remove some dishes
  • Check water temperature
  • Clean the dishwasher’s sprayer arms
  • Check the water supply line

If you still have issues with your GE dishwasher, contact GE dishwasher support or call them at +1-877-959-8688. They are available Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM EST.

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