When we moved into our home, I was so excited to finally have a dishwasher for the first time! However that excitement quickly faded as I discovered white film on dishes and glasses as I removed them from the dishwasher.
I tried so many different detergents hoping one would work and leave the white film off of the dishes.
However, every detergent I used left behind a white film and some didn’t even clean my dishes very well.
I thought, “What is the use of having a dishwasher if it won’t clean my dishes!”
But I didn’t give up and finally tried Oxiclean Extreme Power Crystals Dishwasher Detergent, and LOVED it. The problem was it seemed like I was buying it every month which was getting expensive.
I decided to give a DIY detergent a try. You can watch a video of the recipe below. You can also download the recipe totally free here: DIY Dishwasher Detergent.
At first, I was so disappointed with the outcome. There was still a white film all over my dishes. It was worse than with the store bought detergent!
I really didn’t want to have to throw out my DIY detergent, and I didn’t want to have to revert to buying more from the store.
I searched and searched for a solution to my filmy dishes. Finally, I came across Jillee’s One Good Thing. She suggested adding a couple drops of dish soap and some vinegar to the load. The vinegar helps disintegrate the soap on the dishes.
It was a miracle worker!
My dishes came out so clean and no white film on the dishes.
I have continued to add the vinegar and dish soap with each load, and the dishes look great. Problem solved!
This is the same glass bowl as the picture above. All I did was put it back in the dishwasher (white film and all) and used the vinegar and dish soap. It came out crystal clear!
I use vinegar all over my house as a safe household cleaner. The rest of my cleaning supplies come from Grove Collaborative.
If you feel strongly about using safe, natural cleaning products in your home, check out my Grove Collaborative review.
Get Rid of Film on Dishes:
1. Add 2-3 drops of dish soap to the detergent.
2. Add 1/2 – 1 cup of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher.
3. Run the normal dish washing cycle.
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