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Why do I get white residue and cloudy glasses after dishwasher cycle is finished?

I have a Kenmore Elite dishwasher and after I run a complete cycle my dishes has a white residue and my glasses are cloudy.

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Fred M
This film can be caused by two things. One is soap residue and the other is mineral residue.

To determine which film it is can be determined with a simple test. Take a glass with film on it and run it under the faucet with water and use your thumb to rub the film. Dry the glass completely and check if the film is still there.

Soap film will wash off easily and if the glass is clean then the film is soap suds.

The problem from to much soap can be caused by multiple things. A poor drain, not enough water, too much rinse agent or the water is not hot enough. These are things that can be repaired.

If the glass still has film on it then it can be mineral deposits. When you run water on the glass it will look clean till it dries and then you see the film.

This can be cleaned easily with white vinegar. Load your dishwasher up with the dishes that have a film on them and start a rinse only cycle. After the unit fills and starts to wash pause the unit and open the door. Add a cup of white vinegar and finish the rinse cycle. This will clean off any mineral deposits and the glasses will be clean with no film.

Here is a link to a web site that will also help you resolve this problem:

Soap and Detergent Association


If this does not help you please resubmit the question with a model number so we can check this particular dishwasher for any other problems.
by Fred M Earned 3,330 community points in Kenmore
February 20th, 2009
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