Dishwasher despair - it it the soap, the machine, or the user?
January 4, 2012 7:23 PM Subscribe
Why the heck is my brand new countertop dishwasher leaving a residue on the dishes?
posted by PussKillian to home & garden (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We asked for and were given a countertop dishwasher for Christmas (Edgestar six place setting model). Since a bad measurement on my part resulted in it being about a half-inch too tall for our countertop, we have it on a cart so it can wheel next to the sink and then back to where it lives most days. I was at the co-op during a sale of cleaning products, so I picked up a box of CitraDish Automatic Dishwashing Powder (I like their orange spray, but otherwise don't have any objections to using more mainline brand-name stuff. This just happened to be on sale when I realized we needed some for the new dishwasher.)
The dishes have all been coming out of their wash with a white chalky residue on, for example, the exterior of bowls and glasses. My husband thought we needed the jet-dry stuff, so we bought a small bottle of that, but no difference. We just don't seem to be getting good, clean dishes out of our new dishwasher! Is it just that the super-crunchy-granola powder doesn't rinse off well enough? Amazon reviews seem to be mixed on the subject. Or is it more likely that something is wrong with how we're loading the dishwasher or with the dishwasher's function?