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I have a greasy buildup on my dishwasher filter.

I have an almost clear,whitish greasy buildup on my dishwasher filter. It will not wash off with hot water and soap and I cannot even get ot off my hands unless I use a waterless hand cleaner such as "Fast Orange". Why and how is this on my filter?

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It is the grease left on dishes or pots & pans. It can be cleaned off using a good regular dishwashing detergent like Dawn in the sink, not in the dishwasher. To prevent it, scrape the dishes & pots better, and if possible, turn the temperature of the hot water up a few degrees. You should also change dishwasher detergents to a liquid, with a built in water softener.

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