Dishwasher Leaves Soap Scum on Dishes

September 13, 2004

dishwasher full of dishesWhen your dishes have soap scum on them from the dishwasher, use lemon juice on a sponge to wipe them off. Vinegar also works.

By Cinamon


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May 14, 2011

How do I stop getting soap scum on my plates, etc. after washing them in my auto washer?

By Joe Burto


May 15, 20110 found this helpful

Put in some dishwasher salt in the container at the bottom of the washer.

May 15, 20110 found this helpful

Also check if the holes in the "propellers" are open. Remove and clean it well.


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May 16, 20110 found this helpful

I had horrible scum on my dishes when I lived in an area that had hard water. I had to put vinegar in the rinse cycle. It worked fine. Eventually I had to have a water softener put in.

May 16, 20110 found this helpful

I've been surprized at the places a dishwasher can build up and harbor 'gunk' that keeps getting redistributed on the dishes. The rubber pieces on the inside front corners should be removed and washed thoroughly along with the area under them, also the bottom of the door.


The whole water drain/food catch area should be taken apart, often needing to be unscrewed, and cleaned thoroughly too. Adding white vinegar to the wash cycle helps to keep this scummy stuff from building up. There are also dishwasher cleaners available in the stores.

June 25, 20110 found this helpful

The problem is that the auto diswasher detergent does not contain phosphates as it use to. When you take away the phosphates you get film on your dishes. You can buy Finish which is an additive and put in with your regular detergent and you will have clean dishes again.

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