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Possible Causes
Stained dishwasher
Detergent with colorant
was used
Some tomato-based
foods can stain
Dishes and flatware
Low inlet water temperature
not clean
Water pressure is
temporarily low
Air gap is clogged
Improper rack loading
Extremely hard water
Spots and filming
on glasses and
Low inlet water temperature
Overloading the dishwasher
Improper loading
Old or damp powder detergent
Rinse agent dispenser empty
Too little detergent
Cloudiness on
Combination of soft water
and too much detergent
Water temperature entering
the dishwasher exceeds 150°F
Black or gray marks
Aluminum utensils have
on dishes
rubbed against dishes
Yellow or brown film
Tea or coffee stains
on inside surfaces
An overall yellow or brown
film can be caused by iron
deposits in water
What To Do
• Some detergents contain colorant (pigment or dyes) that
will discolor the tub interior with extended use. Check
the detergent cup for signs of any discoloration. If cup is
discolored, change to detergent without any colorant.
Cascade Complete
Detergents have been approved for use in all GE dishwashers.
• Use of the RINSE ONLY cycle after adding the dish to the load
can decrease the level of staining.
• GE also recommends Cascade
remove these types of stains.
• Make sure inlet water temperature is correct (see Using the
dishwasher section).
• Turn on a faucet. Is water coming out more slowly than
usual? If so, wait until pressure is normal before using
your dishwasher.
• Clean the air gap.
• Make sure large dishware does not block the detergent
dispenser or the wash arms.
• Use Jet-Dry
or Cascade Rinse Aid
spots and prevent new film buildup.
• To remove stubborn spots and pre-existing film from
1 Remove all metal utensils from the dishwasher.
2 Do not add detergent.
3 Select the COOKWARE cycle.
4 Start the dishwasher and allow to run for 18 to 22 minutes.
Dishwasher will now be in the main wash.
5 Open the door and pour 2 cups (500 ml) of white vinegar
into the bottom of the dishwasher.
6 Close the door and allow to complete the cycle. If vinegar
rinse doesn't work: Repeat as above, except use 1/4 cup
(60 ml) of citric acid crystals instead of vinegar.
• This is called etching and is permanent. To prevent this
from happening, use less detergent if you have soft water.
Wash glassware in the shortest cycle that will get them clean.
• Lower the water heater temperature.
• Remove marks with a mild, abrasive cleaner.
• Remove the stain by hand, using a solution of 1/2 cup bleach
and 3 cups warm water.
Before cleaning interior, wait at least 20 minutes
after a cycle for the heating element to cool down. Failure to do so can
result in burns.
• A special filter in the water supply line is the only way to
correct this problem. Contact a water softener company.
and Electrasol
Plastic Booster
to help
rinse agent to remove


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