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Dishwasher deposits dirt on dishes. Grit, small particles.

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I have the same problem. We cleaned the dishwasher out because the grit was coming from the dishwasher...however, we still have dirt/grit in our dishes, but a lot less. How do we get rid of this all together?

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I had this exact problem and found the solution. Since bowls or cups accidentally turned over were being found after a wash cycle with this grit caught inside, I decided to turn a whole load of bowls upside down intentionally to catch this stuff. I filled each bowl about 90% with water to start with so that the pump wouldn't run dry. I ran about 7 cycles of rinse only, dumping out the grit found in every single bowl after each cycle. Finally, after 7 cycles, there was no more grit to be found. I ran a load of dirty dishes and they came out perfectly clean.

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If you live in an area with hard water, the grit is probably hard water deposits. Detergents no longer contain phosphate, so they don't clean hard water deposits anymore. There is a great solution at

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