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    Confused Dishwasher Scum

    I have a white pasty film inside of the dishwasher. I have tried to clean it with descaler, greased lightning orange, ammonia, and vinegar. I know that the problem is the water supply as the bathtub get that film in ot also. Of course is easy to get out of the tub.
    Does anyone have any experience with this "crud" before I resort to using coil cleaner??

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    How often do you empty the machine?

    Do you live in a hard water area?

    Are you overdosing with detergent and rinse aid?

    Do you you clean the machine daily?

    Do you use salt tablets to cut down the limescale?

    The above are preventive remedies for maintaining basic sanitisation.
    You don't get owt for nowt.

    Cheers ah kid

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    Water analysis and treatment for........

    Or maybe try this http://www.clorox.com/products/overview.php?prod_id=ccu I use this on everything, Its a magic cleaner ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilliwilly View Post
    How often do you empty the machine?
    I'll ask the wife
    Do you live in a hard water area?
    Limestone flows out of the tap. The mine is six miles away
    Are you overdosing with detergent and rinse aid?
    I use gel beacuse of the childproof caps. I dont use rinse aid.
    Do you you clean the machine daily?
    Dishes or machine?
    Do you use salt tablets to cut down the limescale?
    No
    The above are preventive remedies for maintaining basic sanitisation.
    ..

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    I don't have a dishwasher but I have seen a product called CLR that is made for cleaning lime and other deposits off all sorts of things including coffee makers and dishwashers. My boss has hard well water at his house and he says this helps his coffee maker.
    http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm.

    If that does not work and you have an appliance sales / repair place close to you, go in and see if they have a commercial cleaner that won't eat through the racks and plastic tub but will get the scum off.

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    I have lime scale remover for water coils (its like an industrial strength CLR). It didnt do a thing. I bought some stuff today called dishwasher magik. If that doesnt work then Ill be off to the appliance store.

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    try Tang the stuff astronauts drink to clean your dishwasher. It works

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    I suggest using the "Dishwasher Magic" that stuff works well.

    If you have hard water, should be using Jet Dry, and get away from Gel. Powder like "Finish" works best.

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    My Sears home study course 'Understanding Dishwashers and Dishwashing' on page 94 subheading 'Removing Hard Water Mineral Deposits' Citric acid or Oxalic Acid crystals. Rinse well with oxalic acid though it is poisonous. Fruit Fresh is mostly citric acid.

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    run citric acid through a couple of cycles.

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