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What’s Causing Your Dishes To Come Out Dirty?

1. Dish Detergent

It might be easy to simply blame your dishwasher for not providing you with clean dishes after a wash cycle. After all, your appliance has one job, to clean the dirty dishes! Realistically, the problem is likely being caused by something else like your dish detergent for one.

Not all dish detergents are created equal, If you’re using an off-brand detergent it may not be doing a decent job mixing with the oil and grime to successfully clean your dishes. Playing a bigger role than you may think, it’s important to purchase quality detergents, we recommend Miele Ultratabs, Cascade ActionPacs pods, or Finish Quantum.

If you want an extra boost of cleaning power, try adding in Finish Jet-Dry (rinse aid) with your dishwashing detergent to help rinse away stubborn leftover food for brilliant sparkling dishes.

2. Load Your Dishwasher Correctly

It’s possible that the dishwasher is not being loaded the way it was intended to be and therefore not you are not getting the best results. Each manufacturer designs their dishwashers slightly differently from the next so it’s worth seeking out your unit’s manual to find out the right way to load your dishwasher.

The bottom rack is generally designed for pots, pans, trays, and those messes that are difficult to remove, they won’t do well in the middle rack, which is designed for bowls, cups, and smaller items. The third rack is for utensils, smaller cups, and bowls that don’t require as much scrubbing power.

Most importantly, make sure you are not overloading your dishwasher. Dishes need to be properly spaced so the spray arms are able to reach every crevice and successfully remove debris. If you are piling dishes on top of each other then you might not be giving them enough space to be properly cleaned.

3. Pre-Rinsing

Contrary to popular belief, pre-rising your dishes actually does more harm than good when it comes to getting cleaner dishes from your washer. This is because dish detergent is designed to cling to the grease on your dishes, if you pre-rinse then the detergent has nothing to cling to making it less effective.

The best thing you can do is simply scrape off excess food from your plate into the trash or disposal and directly place your dishes into the washer. It might sound too good to be true but trust us, this is one trick you will be thankful for once you are staring at your freshly clean dishes straight out of the dishwasher.

4. Filters

Now it’s time to take a look at your filter, your washer will either have a self-cleaning filter or a manual clean filter. Manual filters are able to collect food debris in a basin at the bottom of your dishwasher directly under the spray arms. Self-cleaning filters are usually under a plastic grid at the bottom of your dishwasher under the spray arms and use a food disposer to grind up debris.

To ensure your filter is not causing your dishes to be dirty, make sure you are cleaning the filter around every three to four months. Simply rinse and sponge off any food particles that may have collected on it, self-cleaning filters can be left alone.

5. Increase Water Temperature

Lastly, try increasing the temperature of your water as hot water is vital when it comes to dissolving food particles. Some dishwashers come with modern features that increase water temperatures for a better clean such as this Miele dishwasher. This sleek high-end appliance has a SaniWash feature that heats water during the final rinse to kill bacteria and remove food particles.

Dishwashers Recommendation

If you’ve determined you’re ready to start looking for a new dishwasher, Silica, the best appliance store in Wisconsin is here to help. We carry a wide inventory of the best products from many top-performing brands such as Bosch, Miele, Maytag, Whirlpool, GE Profile, and more to ensure you find what you are looking for.

Here are two of the best dishwashers that come jam-packed with some of the most innovative technologies and features to take the work out of washing your dishes.

Bosch 300 Series

Bosch is notorious for offering some of the best dishwashers on the market. Thanks to their smooth-running motor and added insulation, Bosch dishwashers deliver some of the quietest dishwashers on the market. They’re so quiet they require a red light to shine on the floor to let you know it’s on!

This model has a beautiful stainless steel finish and offers thirteen spacious place settings to organize your dishes. Through the use of the Home Connect app, you are able to fully monitor and control your dishwasher right from your smartphone!


  • Extremely quiet
  • Conveniently control through your smartphone
  • PrecisionWash
  • 13 place settings
  • Various cycle options
  • Energy Star Certified

Miele G 5266 SCVi SFP

Miele is renowned as the industry leader in quality. Their line of dishwashers is built to last twice as long as other brands. So while they may have a heftier price tag, they pack a lot of value in the long term.

The Miele G 5266 SCVI SFP has a sleek design and provides a highly dependable performance that you will fall in love with. Truly a luxury product, this appliance includes multiple modern features such as Auto Open Drying to help elevate your overall experience. This feature automatically opens the washer’s door after a wash cycle is finished to release steam and allow fresh air to enter. This enables the dishes to dry quickly while saving energy!


  • Auto Open Drying
  • Comfort Close
  • EcoPower Technology
  • 3D MultiLFlex Tray
  • Double Waterproof System
  • Quick Intense Wash
  • SaniWash
  • Perfect Glasscare
  • Sensory Dry
  • Energy Star Certified

Shop Silica, Your Local Home Appliance Store

Whether you’re ready to purchase a new dishwasher or upgrade your entire kitchen suite, we have everything you are looking for at SIlica! From combination electric washers/dryers, LED televisions, mattresses, gas cooktops, sofas, and everything in between, we have a vast inventory of every product you will ever need to make your home feel like home.

Visit your local Silica appliance store in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, or Watertown, Wisconsin to browse the best appliances on the market. Our in-store experts will be happy to help answer any questions and assist you in finding the right appliance for your budget and style so you can start building your dream home!

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