Types of Warewashing Chemicals

Buying Guide

Not sure which warewashing products are right for your kitchen? Whether you are washing dishes manually or with a dish machine, each method has its own kinds of detergents and sanitizers that are important to meet regulations. Our selection of Noble warewashing chemicals is a great, budget-friendly way to get sparkling dishes that will impress your customers and your health inspector!

Types of Warewashing

Low Temperature Chemicals

High Temperature Dish Machines

  • Wash temperature ranges from 150 - 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rinse temperature ranges from 180 - 194 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Requires a detergent and a rinse aid
  • Sanitizing is done by the extremely hot rinse water temperature.

Low Temperature Dish Machines

  • Wash temperature ranges from 120 - 160 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rinse temperature is a minimum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Requires a detergent, rinse agent, and chemical sanitizer

Manual Dish Washing

  • A 3 compartment stainless steel sink is required: one compartment each for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing
  • Quaternary sanitizers are commonly used, as are iodine based sanitizers

Detergents, Rinse Aids, & Sanitizers

Economy Pot & Pan Soap

Detergents are available in many formulations to properly clean your dishes, including liquid, solid, metal safe, and phosphate free varieties.

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Rinse aids encourage rapid sheeting of water from dishes to decrease drying times, and are available in formulas for high or low temperature dish washing machines.

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Sanitizer is used in manual or low temperature machine applications. High temperature machines do not require sanitizer because the extremely hot water effectively sanitizes dishes. Check out the chart below for recommended sanitizer concentration guidelines. Actual requirements may vary depending on local codes and water hardness.

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Sanitizer Type (Manual)

Minimum Required Temperature | Sanitizer Concentration


120 degrees Fahrenheit | 25 ppm
100 degrees Fahrenheit | 50 ppm
55 degrees Fahrenheit | 100 ppm


75 degrees Fahrenheit | 12.5 - 25 ppm


171 degrees Fahrenheit | N/A

QAC (Quaternary Ammonium Chloride)

75 degrees Fahrenheit | 200 - 400 ppm

Specialized Chemicals

Bar pro

Bar glass detergents are designed to remove tough soils, like lipstick, from bar glasses without affecting beer head.

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Tableware presoak helps to loosen and remove food film from silverware, stainless steel, flatware, and glass. Some varieties can also be used to de-tarnish silver.

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Chemical Selector

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Noble Chemical 5 Gallon Economy Pot & Pan Soap

Biodegradable, phosphate-free

Noble Chemical 8 lb. Power Green Heavy Duty Solid Machine Dish Detergent - Ecolab® Apex Power #17063 Alternate - 4/Case

Chlorinated, powdered

Noble Chemical 4 lb. Power Machine Dishwasher / Laundry Detergent - 6/Case

Good for beer glasses

Noble Chemical Bar Pro Low Sudsing Liquid Detergent for Glassware - Ecolab® 18143 Alternative - (4) 1 Gallon Bottles / Case

Metal safe

Noble Chemical Metal Safe Dishwashing Liquid 5 Gallons

For pots and pans

Noble Chemical 5 lb. Solid Pan Detergent - 4/Case


Noble Chemical Pan Pro II 1 Gallon Pot & Pan Soap - 4/Case

Tough on grease

Noble Chemical Pan Pro I 1 Gallon Pot & Pan Soap - 4/Case

For hard water (contains descaler)

8 lb. Noble Chemical Acclaim Solid Dish Machine Detergent - Ecolab® 10371 Alternative - 4/Case

For all water types

Noble Chemical LMDCON Resolution Liquid Detergent 5 Gallons

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