However, I sat down and did a little research about how to remedy this. The answer- more acid. It would appear that silverware need more acid (in our case, citric acid) to produce more shine.
I was making up a new batch this past week and decided to up the original amount of citric acid at 3 tbsp to 5 tbsp (what I had on hand) & see what happened...the first few washes seemed marginally better but after a week, I've noticed the cutlery looking consistently better so I'm sold!
I might try 6 tbsp in the next batch so it's a simple 'doubling' of the original amount...
- With more acid in your detergent, it clumps more easily. Try leaving it out (open) for a day or so and stir a few times- much of the extra moisture is evaporated this way.
- Avoid spilling powdered detergent directly on the cutlery before running the dishwasher- evidently a reaction takes place to dull the silverware. This was news to me....
And last but not least, I discovered that the distilled vinegar is not compatible with the rinse port- the plastic parts within can wear out more quickly. Solution? Place some vinegar in a small container on the top rack and let it do it's job, uninhibited:) I've been doing this all week and I feel my glasses are looking even better!
Hope these tips help you maintain squeaky clean dishes, while going green!