Dishwasher Leaves White Film On Dishes

by Shawn/admin

A White Film Glass Vs A Clear Glass

A White Film Glass Vs A Clear Glass

If your dishwasher leaves white film on your dishes then it could be because of new government regulations on dishwasher detergent. With this new regulation detergent companies are no longer allowed to put phosphate in the detergent. This causes a white film to form on glassware and other items and can even form inside the dishwasher itself.

Phosphates were in dishwasher detergents to sequester minerals in water and improve wash performance. When phosphates are removed from the detergent mineral deposits will be left behind in the form of a white film.

The easiest way to remove the white film is to run all of your glassware and dishware through a cycle using citrus acid. GE has got a citric acid kit that will take care of this problem the part number is WD35X151

The kit comes with two packets of the citric acid, which is enough for two cycles. This process will have to be repeated several times a year until the detergent companies come up with a solution.

Using rinse agent will help minimize a repeat build up of film.

All phosphate free detergent has this problem but some more than others. If anyone finds a detergent seems to leave the least white film please leave us a comment telling what brand you are using.

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Apr 15, 2011
soluton for white film on dishes
by: Jody Tompson

Here's a great solution if you get white film on your dishes.

A new company in Florida is CitriClean of Florida, LLC. It has a product that is better & cheaper than the GE product.

Jul 02, 2012
Murky glass film
by: Vince

I don't think it's a standalone detergent but I use and recommend to my tenants Lemi Shine. Does wonders for the hazy glass.

Jul 03, 2012
by: Shawn/admin

Yes, lemi shine works great. Since I made this post numerous products have came out to remedy this problem. So far I think all of these products are add on products I don’t think they have came out with a detergent/white film remove combo yet but I am sure they will if it is possible.

Jul 07, 2012
The only thing bad for the environment is environmentalist
by: Anonymous

Where does the Phosphate come from that they were adding to detergent to remove mineral deposits? Let me think, oh yeah, it was mined and refined from the same place that they get everything else. The ground. Oh hey they also get lead, tin, and all sorts of other harmful elements from the same earth as all other elements come from. Yet our brilliant environmentalist tell us we can't have phosphates because they are bad for the environment that they came from in the first place.

Nov 23, 2012
Simple & cheap
by: KnittedintheWomb

I put a couple of cups of white vinegar into my dishwasher every so often to clean off the film from my glasses.

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