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White Residue Yes...we have the same problem as well with the residue as was mentioned by several others. I guess our dishwasher is still under warranty since it is only 11 months old. It can be serviced if it is a defect or part malfunction but otherwise I may end up with a service bill. That would add to the ongoing frustrations we have with this appliance. Right now we call it our dish dirtier! We put fairy clean rinsed dishes in and....voila....out comes dirty dishes covered in white gritty stuff. I checked our hot water settings (around 162), we have a well stocked water softener, I cleaned the dishwasher and all its filters, ran CLR through it and use vinegar in with my dishes. I tried every kind of soap, checked for clogged drain pipes...not sure what to do. Now that the problem is getting worse adding vinegar to the water is no longer cutting it. Any advice? Should I get the service tech out? I would appreciate any direction.

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  • Baffone Aug 05, 2008

    Same issue here. i dont even run dishwasher soap through it and it still comes out with white residue!

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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.

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