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Dont clean my dishes

My dishes are not getting clean when the cycle is done, and I even rinse them before I put them in. They feel greasey when you pull them out. The cups even come out dirty, silverware as well.

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Try cleaning out your drain because it could be clogging up and this can cause it not to clean the dishes.

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I have the same problem and my dishwasher has not really cleaned the entire time I've owned it. If you ask me, it's a lemon. My advise would be to buy a better brand of dishwasher. I use Finish which worked very well in my maytag dishwasher.

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