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No one wants dishes coming out of the dishwasher with caked-on food or a cloudy film on what used to be clear glass.

WCPO.com was among the first in the country to report on this problem back in 2010, shortly after the EPA required detergent makers to remove phosphates from their formulas.

One Northern Kentucky woman told us that no matter how many times she washed her glassware, it came out with a white film on it.

That's finally changing.

New Consumer Reports tests

Our partners at Consumer Reports magazine just finished testing dozens of detergents, and found some that deliver dazzling results.

Some detergents, though, continue to coat clear dishware with a white film.

The problem hasn't totally evaporated. A clear plate turned white after 20 cycles when washed with BabyGanics Dishwasher Detergent.

Top Ratings

In the end, only one detergent rated excellent for cleaning pots, the Cascade Complete ActionPacs.

But you can save with Finish Gelpacs, a Consumer Reports Best Buy at 21 cents a load. It did a terrific job on dishes.

Consumer Reports also tested several so called "green" cleaners. But none scored high enough in all the tests to be recommended.

However, Seventh Generation powder detergent did do an excellent job cleaning dishes.

As always, don't waste your money.

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