Sunday, July 3, 2011

Does everyone know...


Why their dishwasher isn't getting the dishes clean anymore?  Whether you use Cascade or Electrasol or something generic, the federal government mandated awhile ago that dishwasher detergents cannot have phosphates anymore (or at least enough phosphates to get the dishes clean).  There may be a white film on them  that won't wash off or your aluminum items may be gray and weird-looking or maybe the dishes are just not getting clean.
You don't necessarily need a new machine.  Try using about a tablespoon or so of trisodium phosphate (also known as TSP) in one cup of your dishwasher along with your regular detergent.  TSP is available at hardware stores because it is used to wash down walls before painting.  I got mine at Home Depot.  No more problems... Unfortunately, I didn't discover this tip until I'd bought a new dishwasher...

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