By Michelle from Largo, FL
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Via the Cascade 1-800 number, "Zack" says that over the past year, they have been changing their formula to remove phosphorus from the product. (At EPA's direction, I am sure.) Zack recommends we switch to use Cascade Action Packs to solve the problem in the future and re-washing items currently with film by putting 2 cups of white vinegar in a bowl or pan on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. --JohnH
By Glenna Pavlik11/27/2010
Yes, this happened to me. I cleaned it all out, but I still had this milky residue on my glasses, which just started recently.
My thrifty Hardware Hank man told me they took the phosphate out of the dish washing detergent. He suggested getting Lemishine and putting that in one of the detergent dishes and your detergent in the other. It works like a charm! And I blamed my dishwasher!
By Patty 09/02/2010
I had the same problem because we have very hard water. I found a product called LemiShine at Wal-Mart. It worked wonderfully. Then I read a comment from someone at Thrifty Fun who said that using Tang works too. I tried it and they were right. It's cheaper too! You just fill the first compartment with regular dishwasher detergent and the second compartment with LemiShine or Tang. I guess the citric acids are what does the magic.
By vicki hood 09/02/2010
Check spray arms for plugs.
By Katie 09/02/2010
When this happened to my dishwasher it turned out to be a valve in the pump that was sticking. It wasn't allowing enough water into the tub. Because my dishwasher was a cheap older one I decided not to spend the $125 to have it fixed and instead bought a new one.
Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.
I have a 5 year old Kenmore dishwasher that is not cleaning well anymore. There was always a problem with whatever was in the corners of the top rack, but now a lot of things are not getting clean. The holes don't appear to be plugged, the detergent is fresh, the water is hot, I have run vinegar through it. I have even rinsed the dishes even though I'm not supposed to have to do that, but the dishes don't come out clean. Any solutions?
Laura from Gillespie, IL
My sister has a dishwasher that has old, dirty dishes in it. Someone on this site recommended bleach. I don't know if this would be a good idea, but I'm going to tell my sister about it. What about a product called CLR? I live in Houston, TX and they sell it at Walmart, Walgreens Drug Store, grocery stores, etc. This is supposed to remove all hard water stains and build up in record time. Maybe you have build up that needs more than vinegar.
There is also a recipe on this site for home made dishwasher solution. I haven't tried it though. Good luck! Maybe "Santa" will bring you a new dishwasher for Christmas! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
Smoochie :) (12/12/2007)
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