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Earlier this month, we asked our blog readers and Facebook fans how to get rid of dishwasher film - that gross, white film that makes a tall glass of water or a warm bowl of soup much less appealing. Readers responded with all sorts of great suggestions on how to get rid of the stuff and here are our favorites:
Have you changed your detergent? I had this problem a very long time ago, and was advised to try a product new at the time. I have used Cascade since, and have never had the problem again. I’d try another brand — not a bargain brand — if I were you. – Gen
I heard there was a reformulation in the detergents. We were only noticing the film on our plastic dishes and it did come off with washing. I am using just a tiny amount of detergent and experimenting with Jet Dry or Vinegar. Seems to be working. – Sam
Check the water temperature — make sure it’s at least 120 degrees! – Donna Joyce
I use to have similar problems with products on the market. It often is the degree of hardness in the water; but it is also the product itself, due to phosphates and other harsh chemical ingredients, which will etch the glassware. Once that happens, there’s not much you can do about it. I’ve found that using a biodegradable product, in my case Shaklee Corporation’s Dishwasher Concentrate, works well. You use very little, two tsps.; and the dishes come out sparkling. – Linda Banta
My dishwasher is AWFUL about that white film. Ugh. It *completely* disappears when I add in a splash of white vinegar at the start of the cycle. I use about half a cup, maybe. My glasses, silverware, etc. are sparkling every time! – Rosanna
Watch using vinegar on every cycle as it is acidic and may slowly eat way at the soft metals in your dishwasher. A couple things that helped is 1) run water in your kitchen sink until it is hot that way when your dishwasher is turned on it is using hot water. – Shelly
I pour vinegar in the Jet Dry dispenser in my dishwasher. My dishes are cleaner and not as spotty when I used a commercial sheeting agent.
I also mix a box of baking soda in with my powered dish washing detergent. I read that the baking soda is supposed to give the detergent an extra boost. - Condo Blues
We have really hard water and my dishes were a mess. Now a put about 1/4 cup of inexpensive white vinegar in one of the cups to be washed and my dishes are perfect! – Vicki
1/3 cup of vinegar in every load. – Lidia
I use that Jet Dry liquid and dishes/glasses sparkle! No spots or film. – WebGal
I use Cascade complete liquid. I guess they had to get ride of the phosphates, so the dishes and glasses wouldn’t come so clean and shiny. They came up with Cascade Complete and it works, for me. – Karen
I like Jet Dry. It works well! – Laura
Lemishine!!! I ♥ it. – Courtney
So there you have it: check your water, use less detergent, always use Jet Dry and if all else fails, break out the vinegar! Thanks for all tips and stay tuned for our next installment of “Ask the Readers” very soon.