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Make your dishwasher more effective with these quick tips:
1. Check the sprayer arm. When I opened the dishwasher door during a wash cycle, I learned that some of my utensils are too tall, and they blocked the sprayer arm from rotating. Problem solved! Also look at the holes on the sprayer arm to make sure they are not clogged. Use a toothpick if you need to dislodge anything.
2. Check the drain. Look inside the bottom of the dishwasher and remove any food or objects from the filter. Run the garbage disposal to clear it out before turning on the dishwasher since they share the same drain.
3. Don't overuse detergent. It's a mistake to assume you should always fill up the detergent cup. Check the manual and your detergent. On mine, filling it to the first line (about a third) is enough. Too much detergent can leave residue and etch your glasses.
4. Check your water temperature. If it takes a long time for the hot water to reach your kitchen sink, that means the dishwasher isn't getting enough hot water at the beginning either, and that makes it harder to wash away the food particles and grease. If you need to, turn on the dishwasher after you've used hot water at the kitchen sink.
5. Clean the inside of your dishwasher. Grease, detergent residue, and calcium deposits build up inside your dishwasher. You can use vinegar to wash them away. On a regular basis (every few months or so), run a wash cycle while your dishwasher is empty. Don't use detergent, but turn on the dishwasher and let it run for a few minutes until water starts to fill up the bottom. Then add one or two cups of white vinegar to the water and let it finish the cycle.
Sometimes using a dishwasher is an experiment in finding the right combination for hard or soft water, the detergent, and a rinse aid.
Best of luck
Follow the steps below to ensure proper dishwasher detergent selection and usage.
Use only powder, liquid or tablet detergent designed specifically for automatic dishwashers. Any other types may cause a sudsing and as a result, poor wash performance and possibly suds and water on your kitchen floor. GE recommends either Electrasol®, Cascade® or Cascade Complete® detergents.
Use the right amount of detergent for the job. Soft hot water requires less detergent - perhaps a quarter of a cup in the main cup. Very hard water requires a full main cup and a full open cup to get good wash performance. Conditions between these require judgment. Use enough to get the job done, but don't use more than you need.
Too much detergent in very soft water will cause etching of glassware. This is a permanent clouding of the glass. If you experience this condition, use less detergent.
Keep your detergent fresh and dry. Store the detergent in container away from moisture to prevent lumps. Do not put detergent in the cup until you are ready to run a cycle. If powder detergent gets old or lumpy, throw it out; it will not clean effectively. Liquid detergents do not age.
As a rule of thumb: Harder water requires more detergent
Your sprayer arms may be clogged. The upper arm attaches to a tube in the back of the dishwasher. If the support clamps come loose, the upper spray tube will not be flush with the tube and can't carry water to the sprayer arms. Also the sprayer arms can become clogged with paper remnants, bone fragments, or pieces of peeling. You'll need to remove the sprayer arm and flush it at your sink. If there is a jet that is clogged, tweezers will help remove the residue. Also, dishwasher detergents need HOT water, so be certain the water is at 140 degrees. Make sure your detergent is fresh! Finally, the bottom of the door INSIDE the washer often get covered with gunk. Be sure and gently wash the bottom of the door INSIDE. You can open the door, spray some window cleaner on the bottom and then gently brush away the 'gunk.' Rinse with hot water from a pitcher or your sink sprayer and this can eliminate some of the residue that is showing on your dishes. I hope this helps. If it does, please come back to Fixya and rate my answer
Make sure your water temperature is hot enough to dissolve the detergent, because the unrinsed residue could be undissolved detergent. If, however, it's food residue, you probably need to check your sprayer arms. The upper arm attaches to a tube in the back of the dishwasher. If the support clamps come loose, the upper spray tube will not be flush with the tube and can't carry water to the sprayer arms. Also the sprayer arms can become clogged with paper remnants, bone fragments, or pieces of peeling. You'll need to remove the sprayer arm and flush it at your sink. If there is a jet that is clogged, tweezers will help remove the residue.
Finally, the bottom of the door INSIDE the washer often get covered with gunk. Be sure and gently wash the bottom of the door INSIDE. You can open the door, spray some window cleaner on the bottom and then gently brush away the 'gunk.' Rinse with hot water from a pitcher or your sink sprayer and this can eliminate some of the residue that is showing on your dishes.
I hope this helps. If it does, please come back to Fixya and rate my answer.
Depending on the residue, it is most likely poor rinse aid, or old detergent. If the water isn't hot enough you will consistently have this problem. If the residue won't come off, then you have a water softness issue and you need to use less detergent and a detergent with the highest phosphorous content you can buy.
*Film is due to either etching or silica film. Silica film is a milky, rainbow-colored deposit and etching is a cloudy film. Sometimes there is a water/chemical reaction with certain types of glassware. o Silica film and etching are permanent and cannot be removed. Both can occur in any automatic dish washing machine and result from a water/chemical reaction with certain types of glassware. They are caused by some combination of: +Soft or softened water. +Alkaline washing solution. +Insufficient rinsing. +Dishwasher overloading. +Heat of drying. +Long/hot cycles.
To slow the down this process:
*Use a minimum amount of detergent but not less than 1 tablespoon per load. *Use a liquid rinse aid. *Under load the dishwasher to allow thorough rinsing. *Do not use heated drying. *Wash glasses by hand.
Do the following:
1. do you use a rinse agent 2. clean out the drain. 3. if you have a food disposal, run hot water through it and turn it on to clear it out before you turn on the dishwasher. The dishwasher drains into that sink. If you notice food or dirty water backing up into you sink when the dishwasher is draining, then the sink could have a minor clog and is backing up and being re-sprayed onto your dishes. Source(s): Use SANIVAC to clean lime deposits and extend the life of your dishwasher. If you have heavy water.
Run your dishwasher empty and pour in a cup of bleach and a cup of white vinegar to get the residue out.....run a regular cycle.......How hot is your hot water tank set on? The hotter the water the better a dishwasher washes and rinses, be careful it's not to hot as your shower and other sinks also will get this hot water......cut your dish soap down and make sure to use a Jet Rinse Aid. Again, be sure to use a liquid soap, and rinse agent, powders will cause a caustic reaction. Hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. JimmyC
Check to see if you have any switches on your dishwasher that could by pass a rinse cycle.
Use a hotter temparture when washing,
Check your water level,check your filters on your inlet hose top and bottom.
When it gets to a rinse cycle you should hear it drain out and bring in fresh water.
you could change to a liquid detergent.
Dont over load your dishwasher.
make sure you are using rinse aid and try adjusting it up one setting.
Shiney glasses means your rinse add is working. NZL