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My dishwasher is awful and is ruining my dishes by leaving lots of detergent residue on them.  I've tried different brands of eco-friendly dish detergent and rinsing agents, but I still get the same results.  The machine is just messed up.  Lately, I've been hand-washing my dishes to try to rescue them, but the residue is not coming off.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get a new machine soon because hand-washing uses more water. 

Anyway, what can I do to restore my dishes (including glasses and flatware)?


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Apr. 20th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
does it havea rinse agent container? if so fill it with vinegar
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure the rinse agent container is even working. I never saw any difference when I'd put a rinse agent in there. Could I soak the dishes in vinegar or would that ruin them?
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
that would work, if they are delicate, you can also delute the vinigar.

if not you can add baking soda
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
It won't ruin them, I usually just pour some vinegar in with about a half a sink of hot water and some dish soap and soak mine when this happens. Either that or you can pour the vinegar straight into your dishwasher, about a cup or a little more should do it as a rinse aid, along with your regular detergent. I do this for about every load of glassware.

Vinegar will also help if you want to clean your dishwasher, just run a small container of it through your empty dishwasher. If your residue is really bad, you may need to take your racks out and scrub the entire inside with the vinegar, get all the chunky stuff out and then run it.

Edited at 2009-04-21 02:21 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tips!
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
CLR Kitchen & Bath Cleaner will strip the heavy soap scum off the dishes:


From there, I agree with the (white) vinegar suggestion to keep your dishes residue-free.
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks!
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
I have been putting white vinegar in the rinse part of my dishwasher and it does not seem to work for me (still have residue).
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
after you get them stripped try using less detergent. I find a huge differnce when Dh runs it compared to when i run it, so i watched him one night and low and behold he was filling the soap compartment to the brim, where as i use a tbsp or two. My dishes come out much less gunky looking.
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I have this problem as well. In my case we have extremely hard water and it leaves calcium deposits due to heavy iron content.

I am trying a product called, Lemi-Shine, seems to work, one load down with it.

Seems it's mostly citric acid, going to try that next. Bought in bulk would be cheaper than Lemi-Shine.
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'll try that, thanks!
Apr. 20th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm suddenly having the same problem. All of my black and grey spatulas have turned white and look gross, and they won't come clean. I need to get a new machine, but can't afford it. I wonder if vinegar would get the white junk off? I'm going to try that.
Apr. 20th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Heh... replied before I read replies. Definitely trying vinegar now.
Apr. 20th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
citric acid in the dw helps loads.
Apr. 20th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Where does one buy citric acid?
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
I usually buy mine at the health food store - it's used in cooking and baking as well. You can also get it at chain grocery stores, not sure what aisle though or a Wal-Mart or something similar if you don't have access to a health food store. Bulk food stores should have it as well. Good luck!
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's not totally "natural" but you can also use unsweetened lemonade kool aid mix - it's basically citric acid.
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
How about lemon juice? I have a lot of that right now.
Apr. 21st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
I don't see why not!
Apr. 21st, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
We have minerals in our water that leave marks on the dishes, particular the insides of the glasses. I mix a washbasin full of hot water plus Borax and let them soak in it, and it all comes off.
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip!
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