How to fix a dishwasher's gritty dishes

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How to fix a dishwasher's gritty dishes
You might have to admit gritty dishes are your fault. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When your dishwasher beeps to say the wash programme is complete, you expect to find clean and sparkling dishes. If they are gritty, something has gone wrong. Judging by the advice given by many dishwasher manufacturers, the most likely cause is human error. If you are sure you are not to blame, contact your dishwasher manufacturer for further advice.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dishwasher salt
  • Rinse aid

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  1. 1

    Remove the gritty dishes and restack them in the dishwasher, ensuring they are not touching each other. Dishwasher manufacturer Bosch claims that one of the causes of food residue can be items packed too closely together. Run the dishwasher again and this should solve the problem. Alternatively, wash the dishes by hand as a penance for stacking them too close together in the first place. Remember to stack them more carefully next time.

  2. 2

    Check whether you have used the correct wash cycle if you are sure your dishes were stacked properly. Some dishwashers have a quick wash programme. This runs for only thirty minutes and is intended to clean slightly dirty dishes. If your dishes were more than slightly dirty and you accidentally selected a quick wash programme, it could account for gritty dishes.

  3. 3

    Check whether the sprayer arms are free to operate correctly if your dishes were stacked correctly and you selected the correct wash cycle. According to Hotpoint, sprayer arms being unable to move freely is a potential cause of unclean dishes. Free the arms and run the wash cycle again. Alternatively, your filter may be blocked, your salt level may be low or you may have forgotten to add rinse aid. Clean your filter, add salt or add rinse aid as required.

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