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How to Remove White Film in Dishwasher From Hard Water

top dishwasher rack with glasses that have white film on them

Is your dishwasher leaving white film on your dishes? Watch our video for simple tips to avoid and remove the white film caused by hard water.

What’s the point of having a dishwasher if your glasses come out cloudy with white film? If you see that unsightly white film on your glassware, or if there’s a chalky residue on the bottom of your dishwasher, there’s one thing to blame: hard water.

Don’t take it personally — some areas have what’s called hard water (as opposed to soft). Hard water has more minerals in it, and that’s what you’re seeing on the dishes that should look cleaner.

Our video takes you through four steps that can get rid of that yucky white film on your dishes for good.

Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific dishwasher.

How to Get Rid of White Film on Your Dishes and in Your Dishwasher

That white film is caused by hard water. Here are four ways to get rid of hard water stains:

1. Use a product like Dishwasher Magic every two months.

2. Always use rinse aid.

You should also adjust your rinse aid dispenser so it matches your water hardness.

3. Make sure you’re using the right amount of detergent.

You don’t ever want to use too much, but if you have hard water, a bit more than typical could be called for.

4. Consider installing a water softener in your home’s water supply.

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