Dishwasher Leaving White Film or Residue?

White film or residue on your dishes coming out of the dishwasher? There are 2 things that can cause this.

First and most common is the buildup of excess soap in the dishwasher which doesn’t get rinsed off by the end of the cycle creating the cloudiness. This can be easily resolved by placing a dish with a couple ounces of lemon juice upright in the dishwasher and then starting a cycle. The lemon juice will circulate through the dishwasher and the citric acid will break down the soap accumulation and reduce or eliminate the residue. It may take more than one cycle to break it all down and flush it out.

If you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, it doesn’t take much soap at all to sanitize them, simply cutting down on the amount of soap you use could be all you need to do. For optimum performance, we recommend scraping chunks of food off of the dishes, but not rinsing them and let the soap work to break the food particles down.

The other cause of white residue or film on dishes is hard water. If you have a water softener, verify that it is working properly and has enough salt. If you don’t have a softener, I recommend using a hard water booster by finish, to eliminate the mineral deposits.

As always, make sure to keep the rinse aid dispenser full. This helps with drying and eliminating spots.