All of a sudden my portable dishwasher is leaving a chalky film, why?

Connie mandley
by Connie mandley
no change in detergent lately either. I only use hot water when I set it up.
could there be a problem with the hot water heater,if so. Remedies appreciated.

  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 09, 2018

    could be a issue with the water, but could also be the dishwasher needs cleaning.check the bottom for any food particles.Run the machine empty with a bole of white vinegar or orange juice through a cycle

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 09, 2018

    If you have a booklet you received when you purchased it check the troubleshooting otherwise go to Google and look for the brand dishwasher and check troubleshooting. Good luck!

  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 09, 2018

    one possibility is lime w/o dishes using vinager and see if it looks any better. The new dish washers need to be cleaned periodically.I do home canning so I feed mine a couple tablespoons af citric acid every so often. There was a myo dishwasher pellet that just thrashed the interior of the dish washer white film on every thing. I’ll keep my store bought stuff.

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Mar 09, 2018

    Hi Connie!

    I had that problem to and was told to use Finish detergent tabs and Jet Dry. Now I don't have that problem anymore.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 09, 2018

    Hi Connie,

    It sounds like your dishwasher needs a thorough cleaning. If you haven't done it lately, pull out the shelves and clean around the bottom, especially near the drain. Use a vinegar and water solution (50/50 of each). If there are spots, use baking soda. When you have finished that, put the shelves back in then put a small bowl of full strength vinegar on the top shelf. Run the dishwasher to remove any hard water marks. Also when you do a load, use vinegar on a regular basis. You can put it in the place where you'd put Jet Dry or put some in a small bowl on the top shelf regularly. The vinegar will help keep your dishwasher clean and make you dishes sparkle. Wishing you the best!

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Mar 09, 2018

    I agree with Linda!

  • Alice Alice on Mar 09, 2018

    There could be several reasons.

    1) Hard water

    2) Too much detergent

    3) Water is not hot enough

    Try this : Use a gallon of white vinegar in the dishwasher on a normal cycle with no dishes. (The vinegar will break down any gunk or residue in the dishwasher and clean it out – Repeat several times if needed)