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Sticky Dishes :(

Help!

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 =/

TIA!

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misspaigeb
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.

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