A dishwasher can be a great convenience, but not everyone is familiar with how to operate it. This can lead to complications when you have friends or family over. One misunderstanding that some have had regarding dishwashers is that it is possible to use regular dish detergent in it. If this happens to you, you will have a big mess on your hands. Fairly quickly the dishwasher will start spewing out soap bubbles and water making a huge mess. The problem is that dish detergent isn’t made for this use, and until it is completely cleaned out of the dishwasher, you will have issues with suds overflowing.
The first thing to do is to stop the dishwasher immediately. You will then need to rinse it out with clean water several times before it will run normally again. Having a wet vac on hand can greatly ease the workload, but it will still take several rinses before the dishwasher will function properly.