Hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I have been in the home improvement and repair field for 20 years. I will be very glad to help you today. No worries at all. Just remove as much as you can. Run the dishwasher on hot one time and that should rinse any residue out.
Did you get the soda crystals in the softener or the rinse aid?
Did you already run it with it ? If not the remove what you can. If it's dry then vacuum it out and if it is wet then use a wet vacuum. Run a cycle on rinse hot with the dishwasher empty. All will be well.
How can i remove it?
I think we both commented at the same time. Did you see my comment?
Yes, but i do not have a wet vacuum
I have small children, will they become ill if they eat off dishes that have been in the dishwasher
I have put it on a wash cycle twice
Were you able to get it scooped out first or ran it with all that was put in there.
no, i couldnt scoop it out, the reservoir is always ful to the brim with water
Ok well it is a good thing that you are using soda instead of detergent. Running another cycle or two empty will flush it. The worst that will happen is the softening will not work as well and there may be scale on your dishes if the softener is damaged. Rinsing with hot water will work it out though. Nothing to worry about as long as it is not repeated any time soon.
You are very welcome. Worst case the resin will need to be replaced but chances are very strongly in your favour that all will be well.
What resin, I don't know what you mean
The resin beads in the softener are what collect the deposits. If too much soda got into the beads they will get dissolved and the softening process will be impeded. The soda may have had some impact on this and after running a few rinses the water will rinse the beads. The soda does dissolve very easily so rinsing will certainly clear out the soda. You will find that as you do dish cycles if there is scale buildup on the dishes that would be because of the loss of resin. It is unlikely that is the case but possible. I just want to offer all the possible scenarios.
If you were a repeated soda pouring offender it would eventually cause issue. The soda is a water softener too so really not likely there will be any issue at all.
You are very welcome