I have a similar problem with the White Filmy residue on the dishes, mostly glasses when I run my machine. My Fiancee has tried the 1/2 cup of vinegar, having heard that it would help, but it doesn't really help. We do not use Palmolive we use Cascade, and we use the liquid kind, as I've heard the powder kind will leave residue as well. and we use Jet Dry, and it still does it. there is another Cascade powder that is suppose to help with the problem, but also does nothing. Any ideas? My Mom told me some dishwashers have a compartment that needs to be cleaned out every couple years... and that can cause the same problem... anyone else ever hear this?
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Re: White Filmy residue
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<p>If your <b>dishwasher
does not seem to be cleaning well</b> anymore and you are getting<b>
residue and film left on your dishes</b> then you need to read this.<br />
<p>Since July of 2010
the US Government has mandated that <b>dishwasher detergents</b>
contain no more then 0.05% phosphates in them. The Detergents before
this had contained up to 8.7% phosphates. The restrictions were for
16 states but many companies then dropped the phosphates from
detergents to all states...<br />
<p>Now if you are
having the <b>scum, film, and white residue problems</b> in your
<b>dishwasher, </b>there is hope.<br />
is a product that you can buy that will compensate for what the
makers of the </span><b>dishwasher detergents</b><span>
have left out. This product as commonly know as </span><b>TSP</b><span>
or </span>(<b>Trisodium Phosphate</b>).<br />
<p>By adding this to your dishwasher, you
can manually add back the phosphates to your dishwasher and enhance
the cleaning process.<br />
<p>Now the nest question...how much TSP do
I add to the dishwasher?<br />
<p>For many dishwashers, waters, and for
normal loads you will find that a tablespoon or two is all that you
will need. For very hard to clean dishes and for some types of water
you may need to add up to a 1/3 cup of TSP.
<p>If you are having problems with your
<b>dishes not getting clean</b>, a <b>black or scum film</b>, or
<b>white residue</b> being left on your dishes at the end of the
cycle, then I would start with a tablespoon or two and then adjust
from there. Figure out how much you need to add to you dishwasher to
make your <b>dishwasher detergent </b>work correctly for you again.<br />
<p>To best part is that you can have <b>clean
dishes </b>coming from your dishwasher again!!<br />
This has become a huge problem and a big misunderstanding on what the white dried residue is on your dishes.....IS it hard water probably not . Due you use liquid or powder soap and fill both soap compartments !!!!ow<br />
well here is a solution first stop using to much soap!!! <br />
most people only need no more than a tablespoon of soap.... powder or liquid..total... dont forget that powder soap can go bad in those card board boxes in a humid enviorment,,,( under the sink) remove and discard any soap that's clumpy and pour rest in a tupperware dish...<br />
so here is how to remove white residue off dishes...<br />
Fill your kitchen sink with hot water no soap and 1 cup of vinegar let dishes soak dont let water cool scour dishes in sink no soap rinse them and air dry all dishes .... some dishes may be ruined due to how long white residue had been on them called etching..... now we need to clean the dishwasher start dishwashere like normal no soap and let run for few seconds when dishwasher starts to fill open door and pour in atleast 2 cups of vinegar close door and let dishwasher run cycle repeat necessary till residue is of wash arms racks door and cabinet walls ... these steps need to be repeated in most cases a few times ...
I have a Whirlpool Gold dishwasher and had the same trouble. I found the solution. Fill the detergent dispenser to the top with Cascade Complete liquid gel - it is in a green bottle, then put a half a cup of white vinegar in the bottom of the tub before you start the dishwasher. I have tried them all and Cascade Complete Gel works best. Don't use powder. It really builds-up on my dishes and only the gel keeps the film off my dishes.
I also add Jet Dry in the rinse-aid dispenser but I have a friend who use vinegar in that too. The dishes come out sparkling clean with no film or white build-up. If they still are filmy after three washes using this method, then you may have some build-up in the dishwasher and you can put a cup or two of white vinegar in the bottom - with no detergent or dishes and wash and rinse well. That helps get rid of build-up.
You may have hard water. Are you using a rinse aid, you always need to use one. Buy some Tang drink crystals and empty a package into the soap dispenser and run the dishwasher through empty. If you can't buy Tang use about 4-6 cups of white vinegar thrown in the bottom of the machine and run the cycle. Sometimes the white residue on the glasses is there permanently and can't be removed it is called "etching" right in the glass.
run unit through a clean cycle. turn on hot water at sink til it gets hot then shut off . then tuen ion dishwasher when it starts washing open door and add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and let it go through a cycle ( no dishes) when done. turn on hot water at sink before you use dish. also fill both soap cups and use rinse aid or jet dry. you should see better improvements. hope this helps..
most likely it is your detergent. palmolive eco is notorious for leaving a white chalky residue on dishes. try this out before calling a service tech: put unclean glasses in the dishwasher and in your soap dish and rinse cycle cup put 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar. if it cleans (or improves) your dishes, then your detergent is the culprit.