Are the dishes clean? Here is a great recipe for getting them clean in the dishwasher as well as a fun way to tell if they are clean or not.
This recipe for DIY Dish Detergent by Small Fine Print is a little different than others I have seen. Sounds like one worth giving a try. There is an extra ingredient to help with that hard water that my house most definately has!
I definately need this Dishwasher Vinyl by Falling Down House then the kids wont have to ask me if it's dirty or clean or I can remember wether I started the dishwasher or not.