Dishwasher Leaves Film on Plastic Ware

I use (for safety reasons) plastic cups, toothbrush holders, etc., in the bathroom. When I put these articles in the dishwasher, they come out with an ugly coating. Some plastics are more prone to this problem. Any suggestions for keeping the plastic crystal clear?


By Sylvia from Great Neck, NY

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November 5, 20110 found this helpful

I just always wash this stuff by hand. Being it is hard for me to stand I fill a bowl with hot soapy water and take to my table to wash the items, then I go back to the sink, dump that water and get clear water to rinse, then dry the items and they go right back to the bathroom. I never have trouble with my plastic food storage containers getting a film on them when done in the dishwasher.

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

Is it a hard water film or a greasy film? If it is hard water, try a cup of vinegar in the final rinse. Also, try different soaps. Some are very prone to leaving a film, and may react differently in different types of water.


If it is a greasy film, it may be coming from other dishes that are in the dishwasher at the same time, something like a plate with a lot of bacon grease on it, for example.

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October 3, 20160 found this helpful

Plastics are very toxic for your health.. Especially if they are reused because there are specific types of bacteria that grow in plastics that soaps don't kill. Also, as plastics keep getting used over time, their toxins begin to leech out more and more into your food or water.

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