I scrape off most of the bacon grease then put it in a dishwasher. The residue doesn't feel very greasy, it has kind of a powder feel to it. There is only residue on the cookwares, and no residue on all other plates. The cookwares are a nonstick pan and a silicone coated turner. It happened with two different brands of bacon. I'm using finish powerball tablets.

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    I used to cook gammon /bacon joints in a slow cooker and find the same thing (cheap or expensive DW tablets). But it came off quite easily washing up by hand (does yours?). I assumed it to be protein but never looked for a definitive answer (hence this comment, I'd like to know too).
    – Chris H
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 6:44
  • I don't understand completely @dennis97519, is the residue on all your dishes or just some of them?
    – GdD
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 9:33
  • @GdD It's only on the things I used to cook bacon or used in (presumably heated) bacon fat. So the nonstick pan and the silicone turner. Commented Nov 30, 2018 at 9:49
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    @ChrisH Yes, it comes off easily washing by hand washing. It's just that it's somewhat annoying. Also iirc the residue doesn't come off from rewashing in dishwasher. Commented Nov 30, 2018 at 9:51
  • @dennis97519 just the same as mine. I often ended up putting thing through the dishwasher, then taking the residue off with a sponge and washing up liquid and rinsing cold (my hot water takes ages to run hot and I very rarely wash up by hand. Not the best solution though.
    – Chris H
    Commented Nov 30, 2018 at 10:04

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I don't have a dishwasher, so I do dishes by hand, but there is something I've noticed that might help--when I have something very greasy, I sometimes find it hard to get it comepletely clean after the first washing, washing it a second time right away doesn't work much better, I have to wash it, let it completely dry, and then wash it again. Perhaps putting the items with residue through a second cycle will work.


Instead of applying soap to a sponge and then scrubbing the dish apply liquid dish soap directly to the pan and massage gently with your hand. This should help remove remaining residue.


I always use a liquid dish soap that is a degreaser to remove or help remove grease from any type of dish I place in the dishwasher. I rinse them some so as not to be adding a lot of extra soap to the dishwasher. And I haven't seen any problem with my dishwasher when using liquid soap. You just have to be careful how much you use. I hope this helps.😀 Happy cleaning.

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