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Types of Warewashing Chemicals

Types of Warewashing Chemicals

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 Equipment

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

Whether manually or automatically washing your dishware, washing and sanitizing chemicals are essential warewashing supplies needed to keep your dinnerware, kitchen utensils, and cookware clean.

Noble Chemical Sunbright liquid dish soap on a counter

Manual Dishwashing Detergent

Manual dishwashing detergents are ideal for hand-wash only items like non-stick pots and pans, aluminum cookware, and kitchen knives. They are available in liquid, powder, or solid form.

Environmentally friendly solid dish machine detergent next to dirty dishes

Machine Wash Detergent

Automatic dishwashing detergents come in either high or low temperature formulas to work with your compatible dishwashing machine. These formulas are available in liquid, powder, or solid form.

Liquid machine rinse agent next to a shiny wine glass

Tableware Presoak

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.

Low temperature dish washing machine sanitizer on a counter


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.

  • Quaternary (QAC) sanitizer levels in three compartment sinks can easily be tested with Quaternary test strips.
  • Chlorine sanitizer levels in low temperature dish machines can easily be tested with chlorine test strips.

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 Warewashing Chemicals

In addition to the standard warewashing chemicals, there are also specialized warewashing chemicals that are designed to perform specific functions like remove grease and food buildup or are designed to work in specialized warewashing equipment.

Bar glass cleaner on a counter

Bar Glass Cleaners

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

Liquid flatware presoak on a counter

Tableware Presoak

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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