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How To Get Rid Of Dishwasher Film

Have you ever had that experience when you are about to take a spoonful of your meal then you suddenly saw that there are unpleasant looking residue on your dish? If it is not part of your food, then that is most likely dishwasher film. It is true that dishwashers have greatly help in speeding up the cleaning of plates, saucers, spoons and forks, cups and other dining materials. But not all the times, the dishwasher does it job well. For example, one of the most common problems that you can possibly face because of it is dishwasher films on your kitchen utensils. Dishwasher films are those residues that you find on your dishes even when you have already cleaned it. They are usually white in color and embossed on the dish’s surface.

Dishwasher films are mainly caused by the soaps that you use. Sometimes, the dishwasher will not be able to rinse the dishes well and soap residue will dry and stick to the dishes for good. Not only does it look unpleasant and unsanitary, but it does pose a risk to your family’s health. Dishwasher films are usually made up of chemicals and even bacteria and dirt. So no matter how healthy your food is if the plates where you serve the food are unclean, then you can’t be guaranteed that your meal will be as nutritious as it should. The good news is that removing dishwasher films is actually pretty easy. Here are some tips you can follow.

Rewash the dishes

If you have noticed the dishwasher film as soon as you have washed the dishes, then you can just try to rewash them. Sometimes, it may just be caused by insufficient rinsing. So place the dishes again on the dishwasher and run another cycle. Check them afterwards to see if there is any dishwasher film left.

Let it soak

If the dishwasher films did not go away even after you have rewashed it, then you can now proceed to treat the dishes with a more powerful formula. You can just fill up a basin with clean, warm water or close up the drain of your kitchen sink then fill it with the water. Add some liquid dishwashing soap to the water and about one to two cups of white vinegar. Vinegar is powerful in breaking down residue, stains and bacteria. Place all your kitchen utensils with dishwasher films into the water. Let it sit there for a couple of minutes until the dishwasher film has softened up.

Do some manual washing

After the dishwasher film has become loose, you can just get a dishwashing sponge and some more liquid dishwashing detergent. Drain the water from the basin or the kitchen sink. Manually scrub each dish with your soapy sponge to remove all the dishwasher film. Once you are done, rinse the dishes with clean water and dry them up using clean cloth.

Add vinegar when using the dishwasher

To lessen the appearance of dishwasher film on your dishes, you can add some vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle whenever you are cleaning your dishes.

Clean up your dishwasher

You might be encountering dishwasher films because your dishwasher is already filled with soap residue and chalk. So you should also check your dishwasher and make sure that you clean regularly.


  1. Facebook Said,

    I think Joel is on to something. When I was griowng up, we had one glass and we used that glass all day. If we wanted something different to drink than what was in it before, we had to wash it ourselves. I try to do that now, but our glasses are all uniform now, so it’s hard to tell which is mine and which is Matt’s. I keep trying to get him to use one glass, but he doesn’t. Even when I lived alone, I generated tons of dishes having just one of each that I needed would have cut down the dishwashing. At our old house, I would run the dishwasher once a week. I don’t know how, but here, I’m running it 2-3 times per week.

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