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My dishwasher has always cleaned dishes well. (I usually rinse before placing dishes in the dishwasher.) The unit is app. 15 years old. Recently I've noticed a white film, especially on plastic items like measuring spoons. I've tried reducing detergent and changing brands (now using Cascade). My water is very hot.

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