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Sticky Dishes :(


My boyfriend has had a problem with his dishes, pots, pans, tupperware, drinking glasses, and silverware for some time now. After being washed, they all seem to develop a sticky, waxy sort of film on them. All I am sure of is that it has something to do with how they are being washed. He has some "excess" silverware that is sitting in another drawer in his kitchen that does not have this problem, so I know it's not something in the air or the drawers.

I can only assume that it is either the soap he is using or a problem with the water. My mother said she's had a similar problem with low quality dish soap and recommended Palmolive as the only brand that had never caused her any problems. We switched to that, and for a while it seemed to be helping. Now it's back, and it's driving me crazy. I would kill for a dishwasher right now.

My gut reaction is to soak everything in vinegar for a few hours, and maybe scrub with baking soda later. Does this sound like it might work? Do you have any other suggestions? Unfortunately, at the moment I am only able to try out quick fixes (if there is one), because I will only be here for one more day. My boyfriend isn't bothered by this residue and I am quite certain he won't keep up with any cleaning regimen I ask him to follow, unless I can simply replace his dish soap. You can feel free, though, to throw more long-term solutions at me for the future and I will try them out in two months when I move in.

ETA: Ok so I soaked all the utensils in vinegar, and while it seems a bit better, the problem is far from solved. I washed several glasses and even a metal pot-lid with both vinegar and a natural dish soap I found in the cabinet. Rinsed everything in the hottest water I could get out of the sink. No luck. I think this may be a lost cause =/



Mar. 16th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
try adding Lemishine to his detergent -- it's AMAZING. It works best with powdered detergent. Run a cycle with only Lemishine (no dishes) so it can "clean" the dishwasher. Then fill the detergent compartment with half det, have Lemishine and run a normal cycle. (dont' put anything in the "after rinse" compartment). My husband likes to add a few glugs of white vinegar into the bottom of the machine but I don't; lemishine works perfectly on its own. My dishes used to be filmy and cloudy and it got REALLY bad after they took the phosphates out of detergents. I tried everything I could think of -- vinegar, baking soda, omitting soap, changing brands, etc. Nothing worked until the Lemishine.
Mar. 16th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
He doesn't have a dishwasher at his house, unfortunately. I'm very seriously tempted to drag all his dishes back to my mom's house to run them through a cycle in hers, though, because I'm starting to wonder if it is even possible to remove this film! Apparently Lemishine makes a regular dishsoap, so I will take a look and see if that works. Thank you!
Mar. 17th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
This is exactly what we use and it is so great!!!! Kind of expensive, but so worth it. We have hard water at our house and when our regular dish soap changed their formula to phosphate free it started doing this. It is really gross. The plastic dishes were like, WHITE and you could feel the film on everything.
Mar. 18th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
THIS! I love lemishine! It works so well. It seems pretty natural to me too.

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