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Dishwasher not cleaning

Over the past 2 weeks, my cups have a sand like substance in them. I have hand washed every item before loading and even changed brand of dishwashing detergent. I then took out the screen in the bottom and cleaning it. It is still! I have frigidaire professional series dishwasher

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  • Va1kyrie Sep 18, 2007

    hi thank you for your suggestions. Yes i did change my detergent and also the rinse aid is full.

    I have no idea what washing machine salt is. So i have not tried this. Could you please explain in more detail what it is, where i buy it and how to use it?


  • Va1kyrie Sep 23, 2007

    thank you everyone for you your help. putting the dishwasher salt in actually helped the first time! i appreciate all of your help.

  • JWoodBass Nov 14, 2007

    White Powder Residue on dishes after wash is complete.

  • jimang Mar 13, 2008

    the dishes on the top rack won't come clean, just started this a week or so ago. Iv'e taken the rack out to make sure there's nothing stuck in the tube, it's clean, any other idea's?

  • swailo May 10, 2008

    When I start my dishwasher, it fills, then drains......but I get no second water. What can I do?

  • orimax Jun 23, 2008

    Over the past 4 weeks, my cups have a sand like substance in them. I have hand washed every item before loading and even changed brand of dishwashing detergent. It is still! I have a Whirlpool Quiet Partner I.I use rinse aid and evrything.

  • Anonymous Oct 04, 2008

    sandy residue after washing expecially on top tray and more at the front of machine



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The dishwasher salt response is acceptable for Europeans, but U.S. dishwashers do not have a salt dispenser, nor is dishwasher salt sold in U.S. stores. U.S. consumers should descale their dishwasher using Dishwasher Magic, Lemi-Clean, Lime-A-Way, CLR, or vinegar until scale is removed from the machine, then add a rinse aid to the dispenser, which should prevent future problems. For very hard water, regular, periodic descaling treatments should be done. For the vinegar cleaning, place a full cup (8 oz) of vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher. This way the vinegar is release throughout the wash cycles, performing a more thorough cleaning.

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You have scaling problem , your water is hard and you need salt to avoid scale build ups, and gleams on the dishes. you have to determine first your hardness level in your locality, once you have your hardness level, set or program your machine to that level by pressing the command button, see the manual,there is an instruction how to preset your machine for water hardness level., the led light will blink according to the hardness level you choosed, for example it blinks 4 times it is preset to hardness level 4, if the hardness level on your place is at that level it should be your setting,after that turn off the main switch, your machine is ready.note:use only dishwashing salt not culinary salt.

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Lack of salt in the dispenser ! It needs topping up ! It will take a couple of washes for the system to get itself back to normal.

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Some questions: - Did you changed your detergent to a new one? - Do you strict to add salt (washing machine salt and not cooking salt!) at time. Its effects water hardness. - Do you strict to add the rinse aid at time.

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  • Dov Dror Sep 18, 2007

    You should buy a dishwasher salt (don't put in cooking salt !!!!!)
    The dishwasher salt is a particular grade of crystalline sodium chloride intended for use in dishwashers.


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  1. Over the past 2 weeks, my cups have a sand like substance in them. I have hand washed every item before loading and even changed brand of dishwashing detergent. I then took out the screen in the bottom and cleaning it. It is still!
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