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After the rinse and dry cycle, there is a white film on the dishes

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  • stmartined Feb 18, 2009

    I have been using "Jet Dry" and it still did not work.

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Use a rinse aid product in the dishwasher and your white film will go away.

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  • Joe Hogan Feb 18, 2009

    In that case, I would have the water tested by a reputable company such as culligan who can install devices on the water to purify it and make it suitable for doing your dishes, clothes etc.

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