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How To Deal With A Dishwasher Leaving Soap Residue

Got soapy dishes? During a cycle, your washing machine removes all the water and detergent from the washer drum and sends it down the drain line. If your dishwasher is leaving soap or detergent residue, something may be preventing the wash cycle from operating.

Why Is My Dishwasher Leaving Soap Residue?

If you notice any mold or mildew in your dishwasher gasket or if the washer drum feels gritty, your dishwasher is likely leaving soap residue. This can happen if the water temperature is too low or if there’s something blocking one of the drain lines. Either way, you’ll want to inspect your dishwasher for soap residue and fix it quickly so your dishes can return to being squeaky clean!

How to check your dishwasher for soap residue

  • Open the washing machine door. Inside the door is the gasket, which is the soft part around the opening that helps the door to seal. Look around the entire gasket and inside the groove for green, black, or white residue. Mold and mildew are signs that water or detergent haven't been cleared completely after each cycle.

  • Feel inside the drum for any odd textures like a slimy or gritty feeling. Make sure to cover all parts of the drum.

If soap residue isn’t the issue, consider other reasons for why your dishwasher is struggling to operate.

What To Do If Your Dishwasher Is Leaving Soap Residue

When your dishwasher leaves soap residue, you can try using rinse additives to help dissolve the detergent. If the issue persists, you’ll want to have your dishwasher drain lines inspected for any clogs preventing your soap and water from flowing freely.

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