Do you have a cloudy white film on the dishes in your dishwasher?
This film might only appear to be affecting your clear glassware, but the film is present on everything, from silverware, to plastic-ware. Dirty dishes can be caused by many things. Sometimes it is caused by food particles, other times it is caused by mineral build-up on your dishes (i.e hard-water).
There has even been some talk about the new phosphate-free dishwasher soaps might be causing this problem. However, the soap manufacturers say the new soap is not the problem. Personal experience has suggested that the absence of phosphates does not affect dishes as much as people want to believe. Some people have been buying and adding phosphates to their dishwasher soap, but his only negates the idea of being environmentally friendly.
Most often, the dishwasher malfunctions, and doesn’t clean or rinse well enough, and then during the dry cycle, it bakes the soapy, hard water residue to the dishes. Regardless of what the cause might be, once this residue is baked onto your dishes, it is almost impossible to remove it through normal washings.
What Can You Do About This
White Film On Your Dishes?
The first thing you must do, is figure out what is causing your dishwasher to bake the scum on, instead of rinsing it off. This is one of the toughest problems to resolve in the appliance repair business, and you should leave it to the pros. Find a good appliance repair service in your area, and have them take a look at your dishwasher. For all issues concerning appliance repair, Utah can call on Liberty Appliance Service.
At the end of this article is a list of things you can try, before you call out an appliance service company.
Removing the Cloudy Soap Residue
With White Vinegar
You can remove the white film on dishes in dishwasher by soaking your dishes in a white vinegar solution for about an hour, and then scrubbing them clean, and rinsing them. The clean glass in the photo above looked like the dirty one, until we soaked it in a white vinegar solution for about an hour. We filled the kitchen sink half full, added a couple squirts of dish soap, 1 and 1/2 cups of white vinegar. We then let the glass soak for an hour. Once it was done soaking, we scrubbed it clean, and then rinsed it in hot water.
Removing the White Film
We have also found that the Lemi Shine dishwasher soap additive is very effective, at removing both hard water build-up, and the cloudy white film, from your dishes. Don’t expect Lemi Shine to remove all of the build-up on the first load. You must run your dishes through 4 to 6 Lemi Shine cycles, before your dishes become completely clean. Fortunately Lemi Shine is relatively inexpensive, so it won’t empty your pocket book! The makers of Lemi Shine claim that their product is an environmentally safe alternative to phosphates, and is composed of “100% all natural fruit acids and oils.”
Check these things first:
- Scrape food off of dishes
- Verify spray-arms are spinning freely
- Run and clear disposal before running dishwasher
- Is the water to dishwasher turned on?
- Remove any kinks form drain hose
- Remove any kinks form fill hose
- Water should be at least 120 degrees (130 recommended)
If you have tried the simple solutions listed above, and are still having trouble, we recommend you call in the experts.
If you live in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, Utah areas, or anywhere else, along the Wasatch Front, we recommend you call us, Liberty Appliance Service. We are dishwasher repair experts, and can get rid of white film on dishes in dishwasher. If you live elsewhere, we still recommend having a professional appliance repair service figure out what is causing your dishwasher to act up.