Thread Number: 89640  /  Tag: Modern Dishwashers
White film....
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Post# 1142331   2/16/2022 at 02:22 (786 days old) by veroroger (Vero Beach)        

Lately, my one year old Fridgedaire dishwasher has a white film on the inside and anything soft, like tool handles, or black gets this same film. I can't figure out what could be causing it. I'm using a gel pack detergent and liquid for the rinse agent dispenser. I'm considering trying to wash the machine with a bowl of vinegar on the upper rack to see if that helps. Anybody have ideas????

Post# 1142335 , Reply# 1   2/16/2022 at 03:30 (786 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Is it minerals or maybe your water quality has changed somewhat?  It's happened in my KA a time or two even with my water softener. 

Post# 1142340 , Reply# 2   2/16/2022 at 04:29 (786 days old) by henene4 (Heidenheim a.d. Brenz (Germany))        

Could be the detergent changed, rinse aid changed or water changed.

Remote possibility could be the rinse aid dispenser is no longer properly dispensing, but I don't think that is likely.

Post# 1142342 , Reply# 3   2/16/2022 at 05:04 (786 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
White film on dishes after the dishwasher has been run

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Try a different pod in the dispenser a better brand more expensive usually helps.

Other things I can help are putting the dishes in dirty lots of oil sugars etc. actually give a better final result.

You can also try putting a little powdered or liquid detergent in the pre-wash cup.

Wetting agent doesn’t have any real affect on white film, and generally you shouldn’t use wetting agent when you’re using the premium pods anyway.

Hope some of this helps let us know if it doesn’t

John L

Post# 1142355 , Reply# 4   2/16/2022 at 10:25 (786 days old) by derrick352 (United States Of America)        

Post# 1142356 , Reply# 5   2/16/2022 at 10:30 (786 days old) by derrick352 (United States Of America)        
Finish Booster

Use 2 tbsp for several loads and reduce to 1 tbsp thereafter. I use this every load. Be sure to run tap until hot before starting dishwasher every time. Pricey yes...I get mine from GE or WalMart online.

Post# 1142362 , Reply# 6   2/16/2022 at 11:40 (786 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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What detergent are you using?

Post# 1142364 , Reply# 7   2/16/2022 at 12:34 (786 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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As per Bosch's recommendation for my water conditions, I use the Finish Booster along with Finish Max 3+1 or Quantum tabs and rinse aid in the dispenser.

Post# 1142367 , Reply# 8   2/16/2022 at 13:51 (786 days old) by donprohel (I live in Munich - Germany, but I am Italian)        
Finish Booster

Am I wrong, or it is just plain citric acid?


Post# 1142374 , Reply# 9   2/16/2022 at 16:00 (786 days old) by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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It`s not just plain citric acid, it`s expensively perfumed citric acid ;-)

Suppose it only works well in a hot US style prewash but wouldn`t do much in a cold Euro style prewash or when added to the mainwash where the detergent neutralizes the acid.

Post# 1142409 , Reply# 10   2/17/2022 at 17:25 (785 days old) by quincyman (Oldsmar, FL)        

Several years ago when detergent makers were forced to stop putting phosphates in detergents, we immediatly started experiencing a gray film on silverware, glasses and the like. Tried everything suggested to solve the problem. Very costly and nothing worked. Then someone told me to use Cascade Complete or Platinum tabs. Problem went a way and have been using it since (many years) with perfect results.

Post# 1142448 , Reply# 11   2/17/2022 at 20:17 (784 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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can you use citric acid with detergent?

Post# 1142453 , Reply# 12   2/17/2022 at 20:43 (784 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Mark, didn't you see the above post stating detergent neutralizes the citric acid?

Post# 1142478 , Reply# 13   2/18/2022 at 02:13 (784 days old) by donprohel (I live in Munich - Germany, but I am Italian)        
But isn't it dangerous?

If you use a detergent containing bleach (as far as I know, such detergents exist in the USA, although I believe they do not exist in Europe) and mix it with citric acid, you are actually producing chlorine, which is toxic

Post# 1142487 , Reply# 14   2/18/2022 at 05:22 (784 days old) by volsboy1 (East Tenn Smoky mountains )        

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Mine did that when I tried that Biokleen dishwasher detergent, white film on everything. They had a super sale on Amazon and

I had to mix 50/50 Complete to make it half way work.

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