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 salt 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!
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.
See my homemade dish washing detergent in this video!